Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by mikey, Feb 9, 2007.
It must be just me....but shouldn't we as a nation be employing AMERICANS before we emplay any 'guest workers' at all?
#1, the title is completely inaccurate.
Bush: Guest workers help national security
By UPI Staff
United Press International
February 9, 2007
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- President George W. Bush said in Washington Thursday a U.S. guest worker program is vital to national security.
Bush spoke during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, addressing his remarks to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
"I firmly believe that in order for your Border Patrol agents to be able to do their job, we need a guest worker program so that people don't have to sneak in our country, and therefore, we can really enable your good folks to be able to focus on terrorism, drug runners, gun runners," Bush said.
The president said efforts to secure the border between the United States and Mexico will be effective, and said the department is "modernizing a border that needed to be modernized, whether it be through fencing or the different types of high-tech investments."
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No where does it mention amnesty, to which I am vehemently opposed to.
As for a Guest Worker program, I like the idea. The question will always be, under what guidelines. Clearly, with 4.7% unemployment, there is work to be had. Furthermore, jobs like picking fruit and such, would serve a guest worker program quite logically. As always though, I'm skeptical of it's being implemented sensibley.
There are multiple aspects to the question you pose. Yes, we absolutely should employ americans first. However, there are jobs that most americans won't do, or actually won't do for what said fields are willing to pay. I like to point to farming, and the job of picking fruit. If farmers paid $15-25 an hour, then americans would go. The question is should they, would they, could they, etc. This is where I would be willing to accept a guest worker program where you'd document illegals, would have them pay taxes, and would serve the need to have cheap labor to satisfy the farming industry. The thing is, how many are you going to allow, and under what conditions? IT's why we really need a comprehensive immigration plan, but why more importantly, the border has to be sealed. Sealing the border to me, is a no brainer. I understand people are going to come no matter waht, or try to come I should say, but not sealing the border is beyond moronic. Sealing the border does not require an immigration plan.
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