State Department strengthens protections for foreign student summer workers—but not enough Daily Kos • May 17, 2012

Last summer’s walkout by foreign students working for a Hershey chocolate subcontractor under the government’s Summer Work Travel program prompted an investigation by the State Department, which is responsible for overseeing the program. Recently, the State Department issued new rules for the Summer Work Travel program, including capping it at 109,000, down from a 2008 high of 152,000. Assessing the new rules, the Economic Policy Institute’s Daniel Costa and Ross Eisenbrey conclude that the rules are not perfect but are “a significant improvement and go far toward protecting the rights of U.S. and J-1 workers.”