Saturday, February 10, 2007

NCLR (Cautiously) Supports Guest Worker Program

In an op/ed in the Sunday Washington Post (here), Janet Murgia, president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza, expresses cautious support for a proposed guest worker program (although she studiously avoids referring to "guest workers") as part of comprehensive immigration reform.  She sees the path to citizenship available to temporary workers and the requirements that they be paid the "prevailing wage," as making this program different from past exploitative ones.  Given past experience, I am far less confident that either of those parts of the proposal will be honored in their entirety.


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I agree, I can empathize with the sentiment but it seemed to me like she didn't offer much evidence as to why it was anything other than wishful thinking that this time it'd be different. I am looking for concrete evidence that would suggest it'd be a program that would protect worker's rights. As long as their legal status is linked to their employers it seems to me that that's a recipe for potential exploitation.

Posted by: barb | Feb 13, 2007 4:03:53 AM

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