What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.
Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?
I spoke with Fitz to explore the current context in the Beltway. We discussed the congressional politics on immigration in 2007 and 2010 and the significance of Latino voting patterns for the prospects of immigration reform.
I am amazed at how much of the current immigration debate still centers around only two things: border security, and earned legalization. We are missing one of the most important facet of reform: fixing the visa system.
News is spreading that the Obama Administration is considering a legal challenge to Arizona's radical new immigration law, SB1070. For those of us interested in civil rights, community safety, and the rule of law, let us hope so.
Cesar Chavez shined a national spotlight on the depressed wages and unbearable working conditions experienced by agricultural laborers in the 1960s. Still, today, too many farmworkers face similar conditions.