Although it seems like only yesterday, six months have passed since last August when foreign-born student workers exposed the Hershey Company's abuse of the State Department's Summer Work Travel (SWT) program.

College students from Turkey, Moldova and China as well as other nations came at their own expense to work at Hershey allegedly to promote "lasting and meaningful relationships" with their American peers.

In reality, SWT turned out to be just another cheap labor program that allows multimillion dollar corporations to exploit unsuspecting workers. The disappointed students who came to the United States on J-1 visas spent last summer lifting 50 pound pallets of candy bars, often on the night shift, for small money.

By JOE GUZZARDI -- The Jersey Journal

American workers
Legal Immigration

Updated: Tue, Mar 27th 2012 @ 3:01pm EDT