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NewsFlash: June 1, 2007

Thursday Hearing on Guest Worker Abuses

As the debate on the overhaul of our immigration laws heats up in Congress, questions about the recruitment of guest workers and their employment conditions are often overlooked. On Thursday, June 7, two experts and contributors to EPI’s Agenda for Shared Prosperity will testify before the House Education and Labor Committee on the dangers and abuses inherent in guest worker programs.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. at 2175 Rayburn, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall and Southern Poverty Law Center expert Mary Bauer will give testimony on protecting non-immigrant workers and U.S. workers in the context of recruitment and employment of temporary foreign labor. Both experts will also submit reports that you can read by clicking on the appropriate link: Ray Marshall’s “Getting Immigration Reform Right” and Mary Bauer’s “Close To Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States.” 

WHAT: House Education and Labor Committee hearing, “Protecting U.S. and Guest Workers: the Recruitment and Employment of Temporary Foreign Labor”

WHEN: June 7, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: House Rayburn Building, Room 2175, Washington, DC

WHO: Ray Marshall (Bernard and Audre Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, University of Texas – LBJ School of Public Affairs, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor);    
             Mary Bauer (Director, Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)

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