Immigration: Policy Considerations Related to Guest Worker Programs [June 27, 2007] [open pdf - 249KB]
"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. Among them, in the 110th Congress, is S. 1639, which would provide for comprehensive immigration reform. In January 2004, the Bush Administration outlined a proposal for a new temporary worker program. The President reiterated his support for a temporary worker program in a May 2006 national address. The temporary worker programs under discussion presumably would cover largely low-skilled workers."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32044
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