Bush to U.S. Senate: We need more and cheaper taxpayer subsidized labor! Bush to American workers: Drop dead!
Gutierrez: Undo guest-worker change
By Stephen Dinan
Rangel on La Bill:
“On other weekend talk shows, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he and others who want to legalize illegal aliens should be up front about calling it amnesty. “I don’t know why this word ‘amnesty’ is such a terrible word,” he said on CNN. “I think these people would make good citizens. We ought to give them amnesty.”
Note from D.A. – Charlie Rangel is more honest than most elected officials…AND
Because of the convoluted and incorrect application of the 14th amendment ( citizenship at birth for babies born to illegal aliens) the “Temporary Worker” plan is a trap. The “temporary workers” will be having children at an astounding rate, and scream” you can’t make me go home…I have American citizen children , you will be breaking up families!” LIKE THEY ARE NOW.
Below from the Washington Times.
The Bush administration will fight to reinstate a broader guest-worker program into the immigration bill, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said yesterday.
After a week’s debate in the Senate, Mr. Gutierrez said the administration is happy with the direction of the bill but needs to undo an amendment that cut future temporary guest-workers to 200,000.
“I’m a little bit worried about taking the temporary-workers permit down to 200,000,” he said, calling for Congress to put back in a provision allowing that number to fluctuate to allow businesses to bring in as many workers as they need. “What we need to understand is that, unless we have a legal system by which we can bring in temporary workers, then we’re leaving a void that can be filled by illegals, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid.”
Mr. Gutierrez, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said the bill pending in the Senate is the result of many compromises and urged lawmakers not to tinker with it too much when they return after a weeklong Memorial Day vacation.
Underlying the Senate bill, crafted by about a dozen senators from both parties behind closed doors, is a “grand bargain” — Republicans have agreed to create a new path to citizenship specifically for the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens now in the United States, while Democrats accepted changes to how future immigrants are selected and accepted creation of a guest-worker program to give jobs to future foreign workers.
But senators on both sides are balking at the deal, with many Democrats fighting to make the bill more lenient for illegal aliens and many Republicans trying to make the bill stricter.
Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said not allowing guest workers a chance at citizenship will create an underclass of exploitable workers. Appearing with Mr. Gutierrez on ABC, he said that without a path to citizenship, temporary workers will continue to overstay their visas and illegal immigration will continue.
As it stands now, the guest-worker program would allow 200,000 new workers per year to join the program. They would work in three-year cycles of two years in the United States and one year outside and could work for up to three cycles.
Initially the bill called for 400,000 guest workers a year and had a provision allowing that to fluctuate up to 600,000 if businesses needed it.
Critics, though, said that would depress American wages and could have led to 3.6 million guest workers in the country by the 10th year. Those critics managed to cut the program to 200,000 a year — the provision that Mr. Gutierrez said the administration will try to undo.
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