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Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism$
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Immanuel Ness

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036279

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036279.001.0001

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Political Economy of Migrant Labor in U.S. History

Political Economy of Migrant Labor in U.S. History

Fabricating a Migration Policy for Business

(p.32) 2 Political Economy of Migrant Labor in U.S. History
Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism

Immanuel Ness

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides a historical comparative analysis of U.S. migration policy and examines why foreign migrant labor is growing at a rapid pace. In 1993, the Washington Consensus, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank—multilateral financial institutions controlled by corporations in North America and Western Europe—established a new policy that would impose harsh penalties on any country that closed its borders to foreign trade, thereby setting the stage for monetary crises and high unemployment. That labor has no control over these organizations more than suggests the dire predicament that workers and unions confront today.

Keywords:   corporations, U.S. migration policy, foreign migrant labor, foreign trade, multilateral financial institutions

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