Deutch Cointroduces the Transparency in Visa Reporting to Protect American Jobs and Prevent Human Trafficking Act
The Transparency in Visa Reporting to Protect American Jobs and Prevent Human Trafficking Act is newly introduced legislation by Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21), Lois Frankel (FL-22), and Jim Himes (CT-4) to bring long overdue transparency to temporary foreign worker visa programs. Currently, federal data about temporary work visas is managed by three separate federal agencies using different standards that are not disclosed to the public. The lack of publically available data impedes efforts by law enforcement to crack down on abusive employers who lure foreign workers to the United States only to coerce them into unbearable conditions, including sex trade and domestic servitude. The lack of transparency also impedes efforts by labor analysts, reporters, and policymakers to understand how temporary worker visas impact American jobs. Millions of foreign workers are authorized to work in the U.S. on temporary, non-immigrant work visas – such as J-1 exchange visitors, H-2A agricultural workers, and many others –vital to our economy. A lack of data on these visas facilitates unscrupulous employers who hide workers in abusive conditions.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery. This legislation will help protect vulnerable foreign workers, who have come here legally, from being abused and exploited,” said Frankel.
“Human trafficking is an abhorrent crime that forces men, women and children into a life of modern-day slavery. In far too many cases, foreign workers are promised legitimate work in the United States by job recruiters only to be pushed into a life of forced labor and servitude. This legislation gives law enforcement stronger tools to combat these heinous crimes,” said Himes.
The legislation takes on human trafficking and protects American workers by:
“Transparency In Visa Reporting To Protect American Jobs And Prevent Human Trafficking Act” is supported by: The Global Workers Justice Alliance, the Economic Policy Institute, the Alliance To End Slavery and Trafficking, Verite, Safe Horizons, Southern Poverty Law Center, Break the Chain Campaign, National Guestworker Alliance, National Employment Law Project, Polaris, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, and the American Federation of Teachers, Migrant Farmworker Justice Project of Lake Worth, Florida, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.