Yeah, it’s true. The “guest worker” program that Bush so loves and wants to expand is a lot meaner than it sounds.
Poor people are recuited from different countries with promises of lucrative jobs, usually in agriculture. When they arive in the U.S., they end upcleaning up debris from Hurricane Katrina and sleeping in a condemmed building. Their passports are taken, and usually they are not paid the rate promised. Sometimes, they are not paid at all. Read more here about some Thai guest workers. And here about what the Southern Poverty Law Center is doing to help them.