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VIEWPOINT: The case for a foreign worker advisory commission


  • Ray Marshall

    () (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box Y, Austin, TX 78713-8925, USA)


This paper outlines the case for an independent Foreign Worker Advisory Commission (FWAC) to assemble and develop data and research to assist the administration and Congress make better and more timely decisions on employment-based migration (EBM), a relatively small (14 per cent in 2010) component of total immigration. An independent, professional FWAC should be an important component of comprehensive immigration reform. Indeed, the FWAC should be established and operational before any substantive changes are made in current foreign worker programs. The United States should, however, immediately improve the enforcement of the rights of foreign and domestic workers, simplify and modernize administrative procedures, and strengthen data relevance and reliability.

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  • Ray Marshall, 2014. "VIEWPOINT: The case for a foreign worker advisory commission," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(1), pages 65-78, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:1:p:65-78

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    1. Robert Rowthorn, 2008. "The fiscal impact of immigration on the advanced economies," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(3), pages 561-581, Autumn.
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