|Seasonal workers in California. Photo: Davis Turner/Tribune News Service/Getty Images|
This type of exploitation hurts all U.S. workers, both jobless citizens and underpaid foreign workers, but the situation is rarely discussed in the media or in political debates.
By David L. Wilson, Truthout
April 11, 2020
Two recent news items neatly sum up U.S. immigration policy during the COVID-19 crisis.
Asylum seekers are now being turned away at the border without even a chance to make their asylum claims; the excuse for the new policy is a March 20 order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, officials say the administration may expand the recruitment of temporary agricultural workers. The purpose would be “to get enough migrant labor to keep the food supply moving” while the crisis drags on.[...]
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