Easy work permits enable labor trafficking

Photo by DaveBleasdale with Flickr Creative Commons License

Photo by DaveBleasdale with Flickr Creative Commons License

August 11, 2015

By Maryland Reporter

By Richard J. Douglas

To complement the excellent series on human trafficking in MarylandReporter.com last week, two important labor trafficking "enablers" are worth considering:  first, relatively easy migrant access to U.S. work permits;  second, the strong appetite of American employers for unauthorized migrants who have them.

Over the years, and with good intentions, Congress created a cornucopia of work permit options for persons who enter the U.S. unlawfully.  Ironically, in practice the availability of these permits actually enables human trafficking.  U.S. work permit options for the undocumented are well-known beyond our borders, and they are a strong incentive to come here...