Will the temporary foreign workers be entitled to bring all their relatives into the United States? Will children born to temporary workers be granted U.S. citizenship and be eligible for welfare benefits and the right to bring all their relatives into the United States.?
Why does anyone pretend that the United States needs workers when government statistics report that there are 9 million unemployed Americans and that the country is experiencing a jobless economic recovery? Will the temporary workers plan be another racket benefiting employers like the H-1B visas, which were based on an alleged labor shortage that never existed and clearly is nonexistent now, to continue bringing in foreign workers to displace U.S. citizens?
The president said his plan will "match willing foreign workers with willing American employers ..." Will we take "willing workers" from Iraq, Iran, Libya and Cuba? Should the U.S. government run an employment service for the world?
Should U.S. workers be forced to compete with the literally billions of people in foreign countries who are "willing" to work at a fraction of U.S. wages? If a corporation advertises for software engineers at a salary of $20,000 per year and no U.S. citizens apply because current salaries are up to $100,000, will the corporation be justified in hiring "willing worker" software engineers from India?
The model for a guest worker program is the German experience, which proved that guest workers are not good guests, bring in many relatives and create a new subordinate caste of unassimilated foreign workers. Is this the social structure we want in the United States?
The concept of creating a class of temporary foreign workers is fundamentally immoral, anti-immigrant, and un-American. It gives people who violated our laws preferences over those who obey the law.
Most of the temporaries will never become U.S. citizens and climb the economic ladder to become part of the middle class like immigrants of previous generations. Instead, the temporaries will remain a permanent subordinate class of people doing menial work, people whose very presence will depress the wages of all U.S. citizens.
The Zogby poll reports that 65 percent of Americans disagree with amnesty, 58 percent want to reduce immigration, 60 percent believe present immigration levels are a "critical threat to the vital interests of the United States," and 68 percent want to deploy troops to the border to curb illegals.
Bush's action may be popular with corporate donors, but it won't sell on Main Street America. The California recall should have taught the lesson that pandering to illegal aliens is a loser on election day.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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