Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 5, 2018 




By Joe Guzzardi

With summer just weeks away, teenagers and college 
students looking for seasonal employment will 
have to compete with the annual influx of international 

 The State Department’s Summer Work Travel 
Program (SWT) will once again, as it has for decades, 
provide an unlimited number of J-1 visas 
to young foreign nationals who will come to the 
U.S. to work at a variety of jobs. The State Department 
defends SWT as a valuable cultural exchange 
tool when in reality it’s a cheap labor bonanza for 

 The jobs include lifeguarding, waiting tables at 
resorts, guiding tourists through national parks, 
scooping ice cream and providing child care as 
au pairs. These are jobs that most American kids 
would eagerly do, given the opportunity.

 But since the J-1 has no prevailing wage requirement, 
employers can pay the visa holders lower 
wages than those U.S. workers earn in similar occupations 
and in the same geographic region. 
Furthermore, employers are exempt from paying 
the Social Security, Medicare, federal and state 
unemployment taxes on J-1visa holders who are 
often required to work overtime without extra 

 Because international students pay an average of 
about $1,100 in fees to private organizations that 
sponsor their participation in the program, the 
program generates well over $100 million in annual 
revenues for those organizations. Participants 
pay out millions more in visa fees to the State Department, 
and in travel expenses to and from the 
U.S. In the end, sponsors pay government dues to 
be part of the program; students pay the fees associated 
with the program and their own roundtrip 
travel expenses; employers pay nothing. Many unsuspecting 
SWTs return home disillusioned, often 
with little money saved.

 The State Department’s failure to oversee its own 
program has led to multiple instances of exploitation 
like last year’s Myrtle Beach case. Ten Dominican 
Republic college students were promised jobs 
at an Italian ice shop, plus adequate accommodations, 
but ended up keeping house and living in a 
bed bug-infested motel. Similar abuses have been 
documented in Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania 
and Mississippi.

 Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported the 
Trump administration is considering reducing the 
number of visas issued under SWT. And as usual 
when employment-based visas are scrutinized with 
an eye toward cutting the total granted, businesses 
cry foul and falsely predict that without cheap foreign 
labor they’ll go bankrupt.

 Yet, despite well-deserved and documented criticism 
from labor experts who point to multiple 
SWT flaws, the program carries on year after year 
even though the unemployment rate among young 
Americans, and especially minorities, is high. Last 
summer, a survey showed that teens were about 
three times as likely to be unemployed as other 

 A few takeaways: serving gelato or waiting tables 
on the Boardwalk can’t reasonably be considered 
cultural exchange. If employers offered decent 
wages and working conditions, they’d have little 
trouble attracting American kids. Moreover, shutting 
Americans out of the labor market has negative 
long-term consequences. Unemployed young 
adults don’t learn how to interact with their peers 
or their often demanding bosses. They don’t acquire 
essential work qualities like timeliness and 
accountability that will lead to a productive career.

 The most obvious and important conclusion of all 
to draw from SWT is that the federal government 
cannot enact or efficiently monitor any type of immigration 
legislation that helps American workers.


 Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration 

Reform analyst. Contact him at

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