Summary of The New American Slavery

Invited to the U.S., Foreign Workers Find a Nightmare

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The New American Slavery summary
In the United States, guest workers on H-2 visas face rampant abuse and exploitation.

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They can’t leave their employer’s property without permission. Their salary is often below minimum wage, but they can’t seek other employment. They can’t complain for fear of losing their jobs or being deported or imprisoned. For too many foreign guest workers in the United States on an H-2 visa, this slavery-like nightmare is their reality. In this award-winning article, Buzzfeed News investigative reporters Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine uncover a twisted underworld beneath the US guest worker program: one that leads to unchecked exploitation of international workers. getAbstract recommends this award-winning article to all who care about workers’ rights.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why workers compare the US guest worker program to slavery,
  • Why foreign workers on H-2 visas become stuck with their employers and
  • Why companies that violate labor rules often don’t face consequences.
 

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More than 100,000 foreign workers a year use H-2 visas to perform unskilled jobs in the United States. Employees must remain at the company that sponsors them or return to their home country. The H-2 program’s structure allows for rampant abuse including wage theft, dangerous working conditions and ...
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Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine are investigative reporters for Buzzfeed News.


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