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What reforms are needed for temporary worker programs?

Although temporary worker programs allow men and women to work in the United States for a predetermined amount of time, and raise the standard of living for family members back home, the H-2 programs that govern temporary workers are fraught with problems. Congressman Charlie Rangel described the H-2 program as the closest thing he’s “ever seen to slavery.” as workers are bound to a single employer without any semblance of legal protection.  Workers are regularly cheated out of wages, held captive by employers who seize their documents, forced to live in subhuman conditions, and refused medical care for on-the-job injuries.  Reform must rectify this glaring inadequacy in the American system.