Saturday, February 25, 2006

Specter proposes guest worker program

Immigration plan would have no citizenship guarantee

An immigration reform bill unveiled Friday would create a guest worker program and give legal status - but not guaranteed citizenship - to about 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a draft of his immigration proposals as the Senate prepares to return to Capitol Hill

The Specter bill would require temporary workers to return after six years and doesn't provide an avenue for citizenship, unlike a guest worker program proposed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

President Bush has made passage of a guest worker program a priority.

Another provision in the Specter bill would legalize the undocumented immigrants now living in the United States, but wouldn't allow them to become permanent citizens.

Hispanic and immigrant rights groups are voicing concerns about the citizenship provision. The San Antonio Express-News has more.

Related: 'Anchor babies', The debate over undocumented workers

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True Blue Guy said...

I am an immigrant to this wonderful country. This news pisses me off pretty bad as I am waiting 'legally' in line to get my immigration, paying taxes and we read that undocumented immigrants are going to be preference. Makes me thing that doing things illegally has more benefit

thats just me ranting - Please dont take it in the wrong sense


Deb S. said...

True Blue Guy: You can come and rant here any time you please, especially about this issue.

You have given us a first-person reflection on how the proposed legislation impacts all immigrants. To me, that personalizes the issue - and helps the rest of us understand what immigrants are going through. Hang in there!

Elizabeth said...

The "guest worker" idea just doesn't sound good to me. Bringing people here to exploit their labor, denying them citizenship, then sending them home? I don't like the idea of a bunch of temporary non-citizens living here. That's against the idea of a republic. And I don't believe they will leave when their time is up; they'll just go underground.

AsianSmiles said...

Hey Sis! Thanks for posting the update on this issue. It appears like a long haul for the bill to pass the congress but I hope it would start the proceedings. It does seem like an extension of the current process on issuing labor certificates - my only concern is the qualifying standards.

Presently, [I think] the certificates are issued to 'immigrant workers' who have high educational attainments and the employers are made to swear that employing them will not adversely affect US citizens.

If the new bill gets passed, I surely hope the same qualifications will be used and a time frame is set. Otherwise, it may invite more illegals in the country - IMO only.

Rose said...

Rant here for sure....but we need to rant at the polls. This administration is stupid...I think it might be a set up...

Deb S. said...

Elizabeth: You have plenty of company when it comes to your take on the guest worker idea. It will be interesting to see how this idea plays out. As AsianSmiles says, it appears we're in for a "long haul."
Thanks for stopping by.

AsianSmiles: Thanks for the info! I'm glad you're following this issue, too.

Rose: You obviously don't mince words. :-) You're right. My blogging friends can rant here at any time. And, yes, we should never forget about making our voices heard at the polls.

BTW, two more sources of information on this topic are and