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State Department Does The Right Thing, Kicks Abusive Labor Recruiter Out of Student J-1 Visa Program

We commend Secretary Clinton for acting to prevent the exploitation of foreign student-workers. The State Department is also considering a number of additional changes to the program, and it is our hope that new program rules will include explicit and strong worker protections—foremost among which are the right to organize and a prevailing wage requirement, as well as a cap on the number of participants in the program that is tied to the national unemployment rate, and a requirement that employers first recruit unemployed U.S. workers before hiring J-1 student-workers.

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