Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world come to the United States to work in jobs of all skill levels on temporary guest worker visas, yet these legal pathways fail to empower working people with real rights and protections. As the debate over immigration reform heats up once again, the role and impact of the many visa programs that bring new workers into our country is often misunderstood and mischaracterized. Unjust immigration laws clearly have been used to lower wages and labor standards in the United States. However, the cause of this problem is not immigrant workers themselves, but rather a system that allows employers to hire people who by law have virtually no rights and are therefore easy targets for exploitation and abuse. Reforming these programs is critical to building a rights-based immigration system that promotes shared prosperity and respects the dignity and contributions of all working people.