Legal Immigration Policies for Low-Skilled Foreign Workers

Legal Immigration Policies for Low-Skilled Foreign Workers. Migration Policy Institute. April 2013.

The current U.S. legal immigration system includes few visas for low-skilled workers, and employers have relied heavily on an unauthorized workforce in many low-skilled occupations. The brief explains the questions that policymakers must grapple with when designing programs for admission of low-skill workers, for temporary as well as permanent entry. The brief focuses in part on the recent agreement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO regarding admission of future low-skilled workers. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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