Illegal Immigrants of American Society
A Realistic Approach
At present, the U.S. immigration system is burdened both by policy and implementation challenges. It is barely able to meet the commitments required by law and policy and is ill-prepared to address new challenges and mandates. Agreement that the system is broken may be the only point of consensus among many diverse stakeholders. The Task Force believes that immigration laws and policies are broken in four ways:
There is an increasing disconnection between law and reality that undermines the rule of law, breeds disrespect for American values and institutions, and makes it more difficult to garner domestic support for immigration and advance U.S. values …show more content…
I propose a new temporary-worker program to match willing foreign workers with willing employers when no Americans can be found to fill the job. This reform will be good for our economy, because employers will find needed workers in an honest and orderly system. A temporary-worker program will help protect our homeland, allowing border patrol and law enforcement to focus on true threats to our national security." The issue of what to do about illegal immigrants is age old. The quandary of how to match willing workers with farmers and other employers is also far from new. A migrant worker program was proposed in 2000, but that was not the first time lawmakers have had such an idea. In recent years, the Mexican people have pressured their president to seek improvements in immigration policy with the U.S. During his term, Bush, in an attempt to improve relations with Mexico, promised Mexico President Fox that he would propose a guest worker program, which he did. President Fox was happy, as were some Mexicans who still live in Mexico.
Arguments For: The guest worker program would offer relief to farmers and others who need unskilled labor, by providing them with an eager and legal workforce. For the workers, it would provide temporary legal status and some civil rights protections that an illegal worker would not have.
Arguments Against: Conservatives are not happy with Bush's guest worker plan. They see no value in making illegal workers legal, even if it is only