Wednesday, May 31, 2006

U.S. Economy Needs Guest Workers

Irish Pennants reminds us that one reason so many illegal immigrants have come to the U.S. is because our economy produces enough jobs to employ millions of illegal immigrants while our country has only 1.4 million long-term unemployed citizens. That gap has to be filled one way or the other. A guest worker program makes sense in the context of our economic situation.

The problem is how to control the foreigners who come to the U.S. to work. Currently, the control is virtually absent. Border control is not adequate to keep illegal immigrants out. Enforcement within the country is not adequate to prevent illegal immigrants from finding employment. Employers that try to verify the worker's status may even subject themselves to discrimination lawsuits, thus reducing whatever desire they may have to weed out illegals.

Our economy needs guest workers. However, effective enforcement is a necessary component of any guest worker program.

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