Do Guestworker Programs Make Sense For America?

Feb. 25, 2006: Do Guestworker Programs Make Sense For America?

Guestworker Programs:
Do They Make Sense for America?

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has just circulated his version of a bill to establish a vast guestworker program that would legalize millions of illegal aliens and import an unlimited number of additional workers from abroad, in addition to unprecedented increases in legal immigration. Its passage would set the stage for a conflict with the House of Representatives, which approved a comprehensive enforcement measure in December.

Supporters of a guestworker program need to answer some important questions:

* Is the Department of Homeland Security capable of properly administering such a program?

* What can past legalization and guestworker programs, both here and abroad, teach us?

* What will be the cost to taxpayers of importing more unskilled workers and their families, and legalizing those here illegally (thus making them eligible for more government services)?

* Is the American economy truly reliant upon the labor of foreign workers?

* Is there no way other than legalization to address the problem of 12 million illegal aliens?

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