January 10, 2014

How U.S. Visa Law Fuels Labor Abuse

Tony Edson, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

The recent arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has unleashed two kinds of outrage: protests by Indians upset over her treatment by New York police, and, mostly outside of India, anger over Khobragade’s alleged crime of forcing a domestic employee to work long hours for a fraction of the prevailing wage after having pledged in a visa application to follow US labour and wage laws. Less attention has been paid, however, to a more insidious problem: how international diplomatic practice, and US immigration law, enable the abuse of domestic workers.

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