Special Collection: Immigration
The current focus of our special collection is employment-based immigration. Jobs and employment opportunities have been at the center of immigration policy for as long as immigration policy has been debated. The chance to earn a living is as great a motivator for new immigrants as accessing large pools of labor has been for U.S.-based employers. But as the research in this collection shows, matching these needs in ways that are fair, humane, sustainable, and economically viable has been a challenge. Drawing on the insights of direct service organizations, immigration and labor advocates, representatives of small and large business interests, entrepreneurs, and economists, the collection offers a comprehensive view of employment-based immigration for both high- and low-skilled workers.
Visas, Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System

This report provides the first comprehensive analysis of the many visas that employers use and misuse to bring foreign workers into the U.S. in every field, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and domestic work, to specialty occupations in health... … more

H-1B Visas Essential to Attracting and Retaining Talent in America

H-1B temporary visas have been an essential avenue for allowing high-skilled foreign nationals to work in America. The "Gang of 8" Senate immigration bill would dramatically change employment-based immigration policy, attempting through a... … more

Quo Vadis? Recruitment and Contracting of Migrant Workers and their Access to Social Security: The Dynamics of Temporary Migrant Labor Systems in North and Central America

Different regions and countries of the world face a serious need to design and make use of necessary policies and resources to better manage worker migration, thus ensuring the welfare and human rights of these people who, in the end, are of benefit... … more

Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times

Immigration reform frameworks advanced by the the Obama administration and a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight" would grant lawful permanent residence to eligible unauthorized immigrants only after current... … more

The American Dream Up for Sale: A Blueprint for Ending International Labor Recruitment Abuse

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are recruited to work in the united states on temporary work visas. Internationally recruited workers are employed in a wide range of u.s. industries, from low-wage jobs in agriculture... … more

Give Me Your Entrepreneurs, Your Innovators: Estimating the Employment Impact of a Startup Visa

The idea of visas for immigrant entrepreneurs has bounced around the country for many years, and even has been introduced into Congress on more than one occasion. The most recent is Startup Act 3.0, a bipartisan bill recently introduced into the... … more

Taken for a Ride: Migrant Workers in the U.S. Fair and Carnival Industry

Many H-2B workers in the fair and carnival industry often face appalling work conditions. These workers are vulnerable to unfair employment and labor practices in part because their visas only authorize them to work for the employer who sponsored... … more

Recruitment Revealed: Fundamental Flaws in the H-2 Temporary Worker Program and Recommendations for Change

This report reveals the reality of international labor recruitment for low-wage, temporary jobs in the United States, examining recruitment in Mexico, home to the largest number of temporary migrants who labor under H-2 visas in the U.S. The... … more

Skilled Immigrants 101: Making the Case for Global Talent in Your Community

This Issue Brief helps readers to: understand the asset that skilled immigrants represent for the U.S; see the issues from both the employer and skilled immigrant standpoints; understand what policies and services best capitalize on skilled... … more

Help Wanted: The Role of Foreign Workers in the Innovation Economy

In February of 2011, President Barack Obama attended a small dinner with several Silicon Valley executives. Seated between Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the conversation quickly turned to the large shortage of... … more