Immigration Reform, Getting it Right
An Agenda for Shared Prosperity Forum
March 28, 2007
Registration & light breakfast
Presentations & Discussion
I. Ray Marshall
Current federal immigration law is a failure fueled by misguided policies and public attitudes born out of common myths and inaccurate research about undocumented workers and their impact. As President Bush pushes new immigration legislation following his Latin American tour, the time is ripe for solutions that make laws more effective and improve working conditions for native and migrant workers.
II. Ron Hira
The H-1B guestworker program doesn't simply fall short of its goals, it actually works counter to them. If the H-1B expansion passed last year by the Senate were to become law, it would increase off-shored jobs, displace more American technology workers, decrease wages and job opportunities in technology, and discourage young people from entering science and engineering fields.
III. Mary Bauer
New findings published by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the realities of current guestworker programs in the United States, with a focus on the H-2 programs. SPLC's report exposes the abuses guestworkers systematically experience through their work in the U.S. Those abuses begin in their home country and continue through and beyond their employment in the United States.