Serial No. 78: How Would Millions of Guest Workers Impact Working Americans and Americans Seeking Employment? Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, March 24, 2004   [open pdf - 5MB]

This hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims on March 24, 2004 considers the impact that mass guest worker programs could have on American workers and unemployed Americans. "There has recently been much discussion of the creation of an expansive new guest worker program to meet the needs of employers for low-skilled workers. A number of plans have been proposed that would allow the employers of the estimated 5.7 million illegal aliens working in the U.S. to sponsor the aliens for guest worker status. In addition, the plans would allow employers to import, as guest workers, an unlimited number of aliens living outside the U.S. who could work in any occupation as long as they were paid at least the minimum wage." Critics of such programs argue that a continuing inflow of immigrant workers has created more competition at the bottom of the market, where low-skilled workers and teenagers are already having difficulty finding employment. A guest worker program would allow employers to fill every job vacancy in America with aliens as long as they could find prospects abroad who would accept the minimum wage. Proponents argue that with meaningful enforcement, guest worker programs could be structured to deal with situations where there are key labor shortages and provide protections that ensured employers were not incentivized to hire guest workers. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those from the following: John N. Hostettler, Howard L. Berman, Jeff Flake, John Conyers, Chris Cannon, Steve King, Linda T. Sanchez, Lamar Smith, Sheila Jackson Lee, Mark Krikorian, Frank Morris, Roy Beck, and Muzaffar Chishti.

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