i ran into this article , take a read
After reading the article, do you think the proposed "guest worker" visa would help U.S. cities attract productive immigrant workers to expand their economies? Or do you think the disadvantages would outweigh the benefits to the U.S.?
I think that The proposal to create a new guest worker status will be a step in the right direction for our government's problem with illegal aliens in the U.S. There are many illegal aliens who live in fear of being discovered. I question, though if this is a proposal to give them a window of opportunity to live as legal citizens, or one that may just get them to apply to only be sent back to their country of origin? This bill clearly needs additional protection for the illegal alien workers who risk deportation if they sign up for the new guest worker status from the immigration. I question also why the illegals must wait an additional three year period to apply for citizenship under this proposal.They are usually hard working people, who are otherwise law abiding residents of the U.S.
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here is the text of the article incase the link does not work
GUEST WORKER PROPOSALS FACE BIG HURDLES
By Stephen Dinan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Mexico's foreign minister will meet with members of Congress this week, and one topic of discussion will be allowing more Mexicans to live and work in the United States as part of a guest-worker program.
Guest workers are the hot topic in immigration right now, with politicians from border states calling on Congress to stem the tide of illegal immigrants dying as they try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border while addressing the economic situation that draws the immigrants.
The bill would create two categories of visa — one for foreigners who want to enter the United States to work, and the other for illegal immigrants already holding jobs here.
The new foreign workers would have to be matched with an employer and would have a chance to earn permanent residence at the end of a three-year work period. Meanwhile, those already here illegally would have to pay a fine and work for two three-year periods before applying for legal residency.
Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, also introduced a plan in July that would let foreigners apply to work on a year-to-year basis for up to three years, but would withhold part of their earnings to be repaid when they return to their country. It also emphasizes stricter enforcement to catch those trying to cheat the system.
Mr. Cornyn and the Arizona group have put forth their plans as reasonable solutions to economic needs as well as homeland security.
But opponents on both sides of the general immigration debate say that guest-worker programs are destined to fail.
According to a 2000 report for the Center for Immigration Studies, guest-worker programs implemented in the middle of the last century were accompanied by illegal immigration — usually from family and friends following the guest workers.
On the other side is the National Immigration Forum, which advocates for immigrants' rights, and which praised Mr. Kolbe and his colleagues for introducing the bill but added that it doesn't go far enough.
They demanded stronger worker protections, doubted whether the plan would succeed in matching employees to employers, and said it also must allow for the guest workers' families to come to the United States.
Any guest-worker plan, though, must clear some big hurdles, particularly in the House. The chairmen of the Judiciary Committee and its immigration subcommittee have questioned the need and potential for success of guest-worker programs.