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Immigration Policy Reform in the United States: Reframing the enforcement discourse to fight human trafficking and promote shared prosperity

  • Ana Avendaño
  • Charlie Fanning

Abstract

At the time of this writing, the United States Senate has passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The bill is the product of countless political compromises and would significantly transform the U.S. immigration system. This paper explores shortcomings in U.S. immigration policy, deconstructs provisions in the bill, and makes policy proposals that would protect and empower migrants who interface with the U.S. immigration system in dangerous and under-regulated environments at the border and in sending communities, in labour recruitment networks, and in the U.S. workforce. Ultimately, the paper seeks to continue an ongoing conversation that challenges the criminalisation of migration which perpetuates vulnerability, and instead forwards rights-based policies that would promote shared prosperity.

Author Biographies

Ana Avendaño
Ana Avendaño is an assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action at the AFL-CIO. She handles international matters related to migration for the AFL-CIO. She also advises national and local union leaders on immigration policy and other matters that impact immigrant workers. She liaises closely with community partners, oversees the work related to the AFL-CIO’s Worker Center Partnerships and other grassroots and community outreach. Ms. Avenda o was formerly an Associate General Counsel at the AFL-CIO and the Assistant General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of California at Berkeley.
Charlie Fanning
Charlie Fanning is a writer and researcher in the office of the President at the AFL-CIO. He supports the strategic objectives of the AFL-CIO with policy, economic, and political research related to immigration, community action, and worker representation. He also assists with advocacy on international matters related to migration for the AFL-CIO. Mr. Fanning is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Florida Southern College.
Published
2013-09-01
How to Cite
AVENDAÑO, Ana; FANNING, Charlie. Immigration Policy Reform in the United States: Reframing the enforcement discourse to fight human trafficking and promote shared prosperity. Anti-Trafficking Review, [S.l.], n. 2, sep. 2013. ISSN 2287-0113. Available at: <http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/article/view/34>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.20121326.

Keywords

immigration reform, labour, human trafficking, enforcement, migrant protections