Immigration: Policy Considerations Related to Guest Worker Programs [Updated January 26, 2006] [open pdf - 166KB]
"In 2001, the United States and Mexico began Cabinet-level talks on migration. Although the details of these discussions were not made public, two issues - legalization and a temporary worker program - dominated media coverage. The talks lost momentum after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as the Bush Administration focused its attention on security-related matters. A temporary worker program (not limited to Mexico), however, remains of interest to some Members of Congress and Administration officials. Various bills to reform existing programs for foreign temporary workers and to create new temporary worker programs have been introduced in recent Congresses. Several such bills are before the 109th Congress. In January 2004, the Bush Administration outlined a proposal for a new temporary worker program. The new programs under discussion presumably would cover largely low-skilled workers."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32044
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