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September 10, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogLast week the New York Times reported the latest innovation from employers who use the H-2B visa temporary foreign worker program to hire workers to staff traveling carnivals (think your local county or state fair): an employer-created union that collectively bargains with employers on behalf of workers to keep wages artificially low.
August 11, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogThe reality is that what Sanders supports on immigration is careful and nuanced, and it’s the correct path forward for American immigration policy. In a nutshell, Sanders is strongly in favor of legalization and citizenship for the current unauthorized immigrant population, which will raise wages and lift labor standards for all workers, and he’s against expanding U.S. temporary foreign worker programs, which allow employers to exploit and underpay so-called guestworkers.
June 26, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogOn World Refugee Day, The Hill published a Contributors piece by the libertarian Cato Institute’s immigration policy analyst, Alex Nowrasteh, headlined, “The US should be a home for refugees.” In it, he offers a brief history of refugee policy and flows into the United States over the past century and suggests that the United States “should … allow more to settle here.” That’s a noble sentiment, but the headline is misleading because it leaves out the substance of what Nowrasteh proposes in order to help make this happen.
June 16, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogThis piece was originally published in the New York Times “Room for Debate” section on May 12, 2015. The true costs of goods and services is a secondary issue to stagnant and exploitative wages: The cost of certain goods might go up, but more people would be able to afford them with better compensation.
June 16, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogCorporate lobbyists have convinced legislators of both parties that America needs more guest workers in high-tech jobs. Leading the charge in Congress to do their bidding is Utah Sen.
June 12, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | VideoDiscussing the use of skilled foreign workers in the U.S. with Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute.
March 27, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | VideoEPI’s Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research Daniel Costa joined a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution to discuss employment of U.S.
February 20, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogTwenty-six states, led by Texas, have convinced federal district court Judge Andrew Hanen to temporarily enjoin two important executive immigration actions—DAPA and the expansion of DACA—which President Obama announced in November of last year.
January 7, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogAs I and others have written over the past month and half or so, President Obama’s new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability initiative (DAPA) will shield from deportation and provide work authorization to unauthorized immigrants who have a son or daughter who is a U.S.
Statement for the record on executive immigration action: Hearing in the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives: “President Obama’s Executive Overreach On Immigration”
December 2, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | TestimonyStatement for the Record by Daniel Costa, Director Of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the House Judiciary Committee, I thank you for the opportunity to submit this statement for the record for the hearing entitled “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration.” Introduction It is of utmost importance to understand both the limits of the actions the president may take with respect to the implementation and enforcement of immigration laws and the president’s inherent constitutional authority and responsibilities.
President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Will Improve the Wages and Working Conditions of Unauthorized Immigrants and U.S.-Born Workers Alike
November 20, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogThe internet and Twitter have virtually exploded over President Obama’s scheduled announcement tonight at 8 p.m. EST, regarding the actions he will take to reform the immigration system without Congress, relying on the legal authority he has to execute the laws of the United States.
November 12, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogAt least 650,000 college-educated temporary foreign workers are employed in the United States through the H-1B visa program, mostly in the high-tech industry.
New Website Contratados.org Brings Transparency Where It’s Lacking: The International Labor Recruitment Industry
October 10, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogFor most foreign workers who come to work temporarily in the United States, paying private labor recruitment agencies or individual recruiters (also known as foreign labor contractors or FLCs) in order to find and get a job—as a landscaper, teacher, computer programmer, or almost any other occupation—has become an inescapable part of the process.
What You Need to Know about the President’s Legal Authority to Expand Deferred Action for Unauthorized Immigrants
August 15, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogPresident Obama is reportedly considering “deferring” (temporarily suspending) the deportation of up to five million unauthorized immigrants, which would expand and be modeled after his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
American Caesar? Not Even Close: The president has the statutory authority he needs to expand deferred action
August 7, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogSince a major reform of the immigration system is dead politically for the foreseeable future—and also in light of the debacle last week in Congress, where our legislative branch was unable to pass a law to fund managing the flow of Central American child migrants arriving at the southwest U.S.
Reps. Frankel, Deutch, and Himes and EPI’s Daniel Costa To Discuss Legislation To Confront Human Trafficking
July 25, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | Audiohttp://www.epi.org/files/2014/Human-Trafficking-Press-Conference.mp3Recording of a media teleconference on legislation to confront human trafficking and worker abuse, with Rep. Lois Frankel, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep.
Overloaded Immigration Courts: With Too Few Judges, Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants Wait Nearly Two Years for a Hearing
July 24, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | Economic SnapshotThe immigration court system is severely underfunded and there are too few judges, especially since caseloads began skyrocketing in 2009. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children fleeing from Central America and arriving at the Southwest border will be waiting for years while their cases are being adjudicated.
June 13, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogOver the past five years under President Obama’s leadership, the U.S. immigration enforcement system, including its main tools of migrant detention and deportation, has vastly expanded into a “formidable machinery” that has expelled unauthorized immigrants at a record pace—a total of approximately 2 million in five years.
March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogI’d like to attract your attention to this report from WJHG, a local news affiliate in Panama City, Florida. It’s a stark reminder of everything that’s wrong with the State Department’s large de facto guestworker program, the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program.
Current Maryland Minimum Wage Law and Proposed House Version of Reform Have Too Many Loopholes and Exemptions
March 15, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogA couple of my EPI colleagues have recently shown and testified twice that raising the state minimum wage to $10.10 would greatly benefit Maryland workers.
February 6, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogWell, that was fast. Last week Speaker John Boehner released a draft set of “standards” (essentially, principles) on immigration reform, which I analyzed in detail.
January 30, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogSpeaker of the House John Boehner has just released the Republican Party’s anxiously awaited and very brief “Standards for Immigration Reform.” President Obama and the Democrats, and the Senate generally, have needed a dancing partner to get immigration reform passed, move the country forward, and give it an economic boost by granting legal status and citizenship to the nearly 12 million unauthorized immigrants who are living in the shadows.
January 29, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogRick Snyder, the Republican Governor of Michigan recently introduced a new plan to “jump-start” the economically suffering city of Detroit. He proposes that over the next five years, the government authorize the granting of 50,000 EB-2 green cards—i.e., immigrant visas granting legal permanent resident (LPR) status in the employment-based, second preference category—to foreign workers who hold advanced degrees or have “exceptional ability” and are willing to live and work in Detroit.
New Analysis of the Labor Market Outcomes of Employment- and Family-Based Immigrants Can Improve Policymaking
January 17, 2014 | By Daniel Costa | BlogUnlike other developed countries such as Australia and Canada, the U.S. government simply does not collect and analyze enough information on the labor market outcomes of immigrants who are issued visas that grant them legal permanent resident (LPR) status.
December 23, 2013 | By Daniel Costa | BlogI’m saddened because I wasn’t able to celebrate the passage of comprehensive immigration reform this year when commemorating International Migrants Day on December 18.
Future Flows and Worker Rights in S. 744: A Guide to How the Senate Immigration Bill Would Modify Current Law
November 12, 2013 | By Daniel Costa | ReportMany of the reforms in the Senate immigration bill would directly affect the U.S. labor market by, for example, modifying rules and annual limits in permanent and temporary foreign worker programs, by creating new protections for foreign and U.S. workers, and by giving unauthorized migrant workers and their families the opportunity to apply for a newly created “provisional” legal status if they meet specified requirements.