October 31, 2013
WITH the government shutdown finally concluded, the threat of a strike on Syria on the back burner and no serious chance that the U.S. will default on its debts for at least the next three months, perhaps Congress can pull itself together and get back to work on stalled legislation. It should begin by tackling comprehensive immigration reform. After all, much of the heavy lifting on this complicated and controversial issue has been done. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan bill that calls for allowing more high-skilled and low-skilled workers into the U.S. while also establishing a new guest-worker program that includes additional protections for farm workers.
March 6, 2013 |
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO reached a tentative agreement to support increasing lawful migration through a guest-worker program for lower-skilled migrants. The details are obscure, but this agreement is an essential first step for successful immigration reform - a step so far ignored by the Obama administration. Without a guest-worker program, quite simply, immigration reform will fail. Overwhelmingly, immigrants come to the United States because they want jobs, and American businesses have jobs to give.
February 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Labor and business leaders announced Thursday that they have agreed in principle to terms that would establish a new guest-worker program for foreigners, but they cautioned that details of the program are still being negotiated. In a joint statement, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue expressed optimism over talks on how to make it easier for companies to hire foreign nationals when Americans are not available. "We have found common ground in several important areas and have committed to continue to work together," the two leaders said.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Unlikely allies, business and labor leaders joined in support of the White House's immigration overhaul efforts Tuesday while also launching high-stakes negotiations to overcome an issue that has split them before - creating a guest-worker program to ensure that future immigrants come to the United States legally. The broad agreement on a need for immigration changes and a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already here is driven largely by self-interest.
December 7, 2012
By Ken Herman DALLAS - Five years after his own party killed his immigration reform plan - and a month after a crushing election defeat that has some in that party rethinking the issue - former President George W. Bush delicately but definitely reentered the fray. He's hoping it goes better this time. So should everyone who realizes the status quo on immigration is not viable. There seems to be growing consensus on that, but the jury's out on exactly what should be done. That's why the George W. Bush Institute convened this week's conference on immigration and economic growth.
February 10, 2012 |
Moving decisively, the U.S. State Department has banned a nonprofit group that supplied 400 foreign students as laborers to a Hershey Co. candy-packaging plant last year from participating in a popular cultural-exchange program for two years. The California-based organization, CETUSA, brought the foreign students to the United States on J-1 visas. Once here, the students were to have practiced English and learned about America while also earning money in summer jobs. The students, many from Ukraine and Turkey, protested in August on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey saying they were forced to work long hours for low pay in the Palmyra packaging plant, and had little time or funds to travel and interact with Americans.
December 2, 2011 |
One week ago today, I arose before dawn and went to buy coffee and a newspaper at a southwest Florida 7-Eleven. I was the lone white guy in a convenience store jammed with Latinos wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the names of lawn services whose trucks packed the parking lot. This was Black Friday, but none of these guys was going shopping. They were soon to manicure the lawns of one of the most prosperous, politically conservative communities in a swing state. The local paper brought news of a campaign appearance by Newt Gingrich, the GOP presidential front-runner, just three days after a debate in which he'd proposed a "humane" approach to illegal immigration.
November 7, 2011
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. " - Matthew 9:37 Good news: The jobs crisis is over. You read that correctly. There is plenty work available for downsized, furloughed, and involuntarily separated laborers whose inability to land jobs in a rugged economy has driven the unemployment rate past 9 percent. You probably didn't hear about it in the "lamestream" media, but the problem has indeed been solved - and it didn't take some fancy-pants economic stimulus package to get 'er done, either.
September 19, 2008 |
HE'S AT it again. First, Barack Obama insulted rural Pennsylvanians, among others, by calling them bitter, clinging to their guns and religion. He said it at a private fund-raiser in San Francisco wine and cheese country, where the sky is as blue as the voters, and apparently thought the rubes would remain blissfully ignorant of his disdain. But the guy is big on bilingualism. And now he's trying the same thing again - this time in Spanish. The Obama campaign has just come out with new TV and radio ads trying to link John McCain with racism.
April 10, 2007 |
Bush pushes guest-worker plan; Congress gets high marks, but . . . YUMA, Ariz. - President Bush visited the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday to tout a guest worker program for immigrants, pursuing a key domestic policy goal despite chilly relations with Congress. The trip, a bookend to the visit Bush made to the same southwestern desert city last May, comes as tension rises over an immigration proposal tied to the White House. Bush's team is privately trying to rally votes for what Bush calls comprehensive reform - a mix of get-tough security with promises of fair treatment for undocumented residents.