Sunday, April 09, 2006

Guest Worker Program

We need to watch this one. I'm afraid it could end up being the 21st century version of slavery. Will the 'guests' have any rights whatsoever? And if so, what protections will be afforded to some 'uppity messicans'? Is this the introduction to a revolving door of indentured servitude serfdom of guests? Legislation that authorizes exploitation with provisions for 'use "em and lose 'em" is patently inhumane and un-American. We have grown past slavery and torture, woops. Any legislation must include a path to citizenship. The numbers must be controlled by punishing the exploiters. Fences and walls will not stop those in desperate need nor those willing to prey on them. Criminalizing those who set forth, with hope as the only means they have in abundance, to a new land, has already happened here before. The debate needs to be how many immigrants do we need each year, and then absolutely control that number. Each immigrant that legally enters our country should be provided with a path to citizenship. Those found exploiting undocumented workers must be fined an exorbitant amount. If we need to employ displaced union workers to root these bastards out, so be it. No one else seems to have the gonads to do it.

3 comments:

Lizzy said...

Oil,

Do you have a first name by chance? And I will agree with you on the point that guest worker resembles slavery.

Fences, are they being built to keep people out or to keep people in?

fade2bluz said...

If we need to employ displaced union workers to root these bastards out, so be it. No one else seems to have the gonads to do it.

LMAO Union workers, indeed, have the nads. Less than 8% of the population, though, and losing ground. In Illinois, there is a tremendous effort to prevent exploitation of immigrant workers in Chicago. There is a reluctance to join, but it's coming along. Fear, as the boy king knows, is a powerful emotion that is easily manipulated.

We keep raising the number of engineers and other skilled workers that we import, every year. That is one of the variables not often mentioned in the debate. It's always in the legislation.

Complicated issue. Powerful emotions. Democrats will be able to use this to our advantage, if we're smart. Big if.

jenny said...

definitely charge the business mofo's undercutting the minimum wage a fortune. Bush hasn't charged one thin dime.