Who Are Our Guest Workers? Understanding Migrant Workers, Programs and Policies, and Protection Challenges in the Trump Era

Friday, October 6, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PDT
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Even as the Trump administration proposes a border wall and harsher enforcement against immigrants, temporary visas for foreign workers have risen for certain categories and there is talk of further policy change—renegotiating NAFTA, restructuring immigrant worker programs, and more. While nativist rhetoric paints foreign workers as stealing American jobs, behind the scenes most industries lobby to increase access to temporary workers, and limit their rights.  Yet the alphabet soup of current visas and the limited data on their recipients leaves an uncertain picture of these so-called “guest workers” at a time when it is ever more critical to understand their realities and challenges.

From farmworker communities to service industries, it is important to understand how such workers come to the U.S. and what their lives are like once they reach our shores. Join us to learn more about these workers and their families, current and proposed policies, and vulnerabilities they face. We’ll also discuss strategies that community-based organizations are pursuing, such as ethical recruitment models, legal policy and advocacy, and organizing support for these workers critical to the U.S. economy, and funder strategies in support of migrant workers.



Registration for this program is now closed.

Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)




A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.

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 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.