Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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Dear Reader:

Seemingly from out of nowhere,the issue of immigration reform has dominated the headlines in recent weeks as President Bush and the Congress wrestle with what to do with an estimated 12 million undocumented workers, and what measures the federal government should take to secure the nation's borders. In point of fact, immigration reform was near the top of the President's domestic agenda prior to the events of 9/11.

For some time now, the question of protecting the US from terrorist threats focused on military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lately, however, border security and the immigration issue have merged in the minds of some segments of the population while employment-related issues involving undocumented workers have simmered. Ever present is the potential for their exploitation by unscrupulous employers, the depression of wages of domestic workers, and the failure of employers to take full responsibility for verifying the legal status of workers. …

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