Noncitizen Immigrant Labor and the Thirteenth Amendment: Challenging Guest Worker Programs
Maria Linda Ontiveros
University of San Francisco - School of Law
University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2007
Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2010-15
This article offers a Thirteenth Amendment analysis of "guest worker programs." In these visa programs, non-United States citizens may come to work in the United States for a limited period of time. Under most of these programs, the worker must leave if they get fired or quit. The article offers a historical perspective of agricultural guest worker programs from 1770 through today and concludes that poorly crafted guest worker programs may violate the Thirteenth Amendment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: thirteenth amendment, constitution, farm workers, california history, labor, immigration, immigrant workers, visa, guest workerAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 27, 2007 ; Last revised: April 27, 2010
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