The New American Slavery: Invited to the US Foreign Workers Find a Nightmare

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicagarrison/the-new-american-slavery-invited-to-the-us-foreign-workers-f#.povr0PNne

The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help…

MAMOU, Louisiana — Travis Manuel and his twin brother, Trey, were shopping at Walmart near this rural town when they met two Mexican women who struck them as sweet. Using a few words of Spanish he had picked up from his Navy days, Travis asked the two women out on a double date.

Around midnight the following Saturday, when they finished their shift at a seafood processing plant, Marisela Valdez and Isy Gonzalez waited for their dates at the remote compound where they lived and worked.

As soon as they got in the Manuel brothers’ car, the women began saying something about “patrón angry,” Travis recalled. While he was trying to puzzle out what they meant, his brother, who was driving, interrupted: “Dude,” Trey said. “There’s someone following us.”

Trey began to take sudden turns on the country roads threading through the rice paddies that dot the area, trying to lose the pickup truck behind them. Finally, they saw a police car.

“I said, we’re gonna flag down this cop” for help, Travis recalled. “But the cop pulled us over, lights on, and told us not to get out of the vehicle,” Trey added, noting that the pickup pulled up and the driver began conferring with the police.
 
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Louisiana is the nation’s second-largest seafood-producing state, and its crawfish industry used to rely on local labor. But competition from cheap Asian imports, along with the demand by huge retailers such as Wal-Mart for ever lower prices, have squeezed profit margins and put downward pressure on wages — below the point, producers say, where people in America will take the jobs on a seasonal basis. In the 1990s, processors including Craig West hoped that machines could be built to take over the repetitive task of extracting the tail meat from the crustaceans. But eventually crawfish farmers discovered that the best and cheapest option is a Mexican on an H-2 visa.
Darned lazy Americans.
 

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Yes, the Democrats needed a new slave class. I have stated this in many a thread..

thanks [MENTION=24722]labrea[/MENTION]
 

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Then why is it conservatives who want women to be forced to bear children similar to livestock?
No one is forcing women to bear childern,

I am pro-Choice.. I just belive the choice should be made BEFORE CONCEPTION.
 
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In Switzerland we have a similar problem, because wages are much higher than in neighbouring countries. And as soon as a foreigner can find a job and if he is coming forma country of the European Union, he gets a resident permit. In order to avoid an unfair competition between Swiss workers and foreigners, the employment contrats are controlled and there is a minimum which is normaly agreed with the unions. So employers have to respect a bottom line and can be brought to court if they don't... The system works fairly well, although when wages are the double in one country in comparison with others it creates pressure..... It means that solutions do exist.
 

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In Switzerland we have a similar problem, because wages are much higher than in neighbouring countries. And as soon as a foreigner can find a job and if he is coming forma country of the European Union, he gets a resident permit. In order to avoid an unfair competition between Swiss workers and foreigners, the employment contrats are controlled and there is a minimum which is normaly agreed with the unions. So employers have to respect a bottom line and can be brought to court if they don't... The system works fairly well, although when wages are the double in one country in comparison with others it creates pressure..... It means that solutions do exist.
I have no problem with someone immgrating to our country LEGALLY..

Just because you are opposed to ILLEGAL immigration does not mean you are against immigration.
 
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What is legal immigration ? What about refugees ? It happens that people arrive in acountry fleeing another for different reasons either political or economical and there is no way to send them back... So how to behave with these people as long as you cannot kill them ? Which would be an outrage.... !! You have to live with illegal immigrationand everyday in Greece or on the Southern coasts of Italy you have hundred of people coming from Syria, Eritrea and for economical reasons from Africa. What to do ? On thelong run you have to integrate them, because nothing else is possible and you cannot jsut keep them in jail...
 

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What is legal immigration ? What about refugees ? It happens that people arrive in acountry fleeing another for different reasons either political or economical and there is no way to send them back... So how to behave with these people as long as you cannot kill them ? Which would be an outrage.... !! You have to live with illegal immigrationand everyday in Greece or on the Southern coasts of Italy you have hundred of people coming from Syria, Eritrea and for economical reasons from Africa. What to do ? On thelong run you have to integrate them, because nothing else is possible and you cannot jsut keep them in jail...
Refugees apply and are granted or refused entry based on their situation.

I bet your nation does not have open borders were anyone can cross at any time without proper legal visas and their being vetted before entry.