A proposal to ease the US worker shortage that would make Repubs' heads explode:
My husband pointed out that we have all these people at the southern border trying desperately to enter the United States. He suggested that we should let them in if they agree to enroll in a pathway-to-citizenship worker program and allow themselves to be placed in jobs facing worker shortages. It would be like the current guest worker programs already in place in the US, but would allow workers to actually earn their US citizenship.
It would be fun to float this idea in Congress, just to watch the Repubs' go apoplectic, like the Martians' reaction to Slim Whitman music in Mars Attacks!
pay taxes, should be welcome. They should have a background check and follow visa guidelines.
"The immigrants are taking American jobs!" talking point.
I'd be in for the entire Whitman catalog today (and I do not like twangy country).
I do like the idea of allowing migrants to take jobs in fields where there are labor shortages. However, there needs to be safeguards in place to ensure guest workers are paid a fair wage so the program does not get hijacked by corporations like Wal-Mart and Perdue Chicken as a means of accessing cheap labor or as a means to bust efforts to unionize or stay unionized.
And bring on regulation and oversight to prevent worker abuse.