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The Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Lecture Presents

November 7, 2017, 6:00 pm – Ives Concert Hall

U.S. Labor Migration: Politics and Policy

Daniel Costa

Daniel Costa

Director of Immigration Law and Policy, Economic Policy Institute


Labor migration

the movement of persons from one country to another for the purposes of employment is a complex and often controversial issue in most countries, including the United States. The ongoing debate about how many persons from abroad should enter the United States every year, and what the terms and conditions of their admission and employment should be, heated up during the 2016 election campaign and continues today.

Daniel Costa will offer a background on the basics of the U.S. labor migration system, including the various pathways through which migrants enter the U.S. labor market, and explore key themes within the overarching context of what a fair immigration system should look like

He will discuss the policies that have been implemented or proposed by the Trump administration relating to labor migration, as well as the debates and legislative proposals coming from Congress, and the influence of grassroots movements and corporate lobbying. Key topics will include immigration enforcement and deportations, family-based and “merit-based” immigration, and the politics of comprehensive immigration reform.

Ample time will be left for discussion and questions from the audience.

About The Speaker:

Daniel Costa

Daniel Costa is an attorney and Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute. His current areas of research include a wide range of labor migration issues, including the management of temporary foreign worker programs, both high- and less-skilled migration, and immigrant workers’ rights, as well as forced migration, including refugee and asylum issues and the global migration crisis. He has testified on immigration before the U.S. Congress, is quoted frequently by national news outlets, has appeared on radio and television news, and was named one of “20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter” by ABC News. His commentaries have appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, Roll Call, The Hill, and La Opinión.

Daniel Costa earned his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. in International Law from Syracuse University, and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley