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Worker Program - Yes!
It's the right idea...
[Eric Hogue] 2/7/05
I'm tired of the 'banging
of the pots and the pans' for ratings
and attention - it will cost the Republican elections in the
future, then we hand over to the Democrats this all important
issue. Careful of those you listen to and follow to Washington
DC...there is more to this issue than just driver's license and
saying 'No' to everything.
I was also encouraged to read that Congressman Dan Lungren,
(he was on the show today, I will have his interview text available
Blog site in the future.), has thrown his support
behind the "Guest Worker Program" as well. People are
beginning to understand that SOMETHING has to be done - it is
step in the right direction.
been encouraged by the Senior Editor of the Sacramento
Ken Grubbs and
my partner in Salem Radio Talk, Hugh
they both understand this all encompassing national issue.
Issa is supportive, Congressmen Rohrabacher and Pombo are still
odds over the concept, but we are ALL talking
about the plan on the show. Intelligent talk radio with dialogue
and discussion; no "Tick Tock McLaughlin banging of the
pots and the pans" for attention on KTKZ.
Let me address
some of my discussion rules before we get started here. What
supporting is the "Guest Worker Program";
this is NOT to say that I don't support other measures like border
security, strength or concerns surrounding items like the California
driver's license. For the sake of singular debate, we need to
separate some topics for this discussion.
we discuss the "Guest Worker Program" we
are NOT talking about the border(s).
I think we
ALL agree that the borders need to be strengthened. In the
end, the debate
surrounding the "Guest Worker Program" may
help this issue, but the merits of a "Guest Worker Program" should
NOT be tied directly to the border solutions. They are related
but not brothers.
In the end
I believe there will be deal; "you get the "Guest
Worker", we get fortified borders". Good for the party,
good for America; this is why the Republican Party is the ONLY
party that can accomplish 'something' of a solution to address
need top separate the driver's license issue from the "Guest
be no driver's license for those who are NOT legal citizens
(USA), but if you are a VISA, Green Card
or the new "Guest Worker", you will need a means
of transportation (in country and returning to country, back
forth for visitations.) Passing a test, acquiring auto insurance
and a document that is NOT legal Driver's License needs to be
employer can be involved in this process. Maybe Congressman
David Drier's "Social Security" data
swipe can address this issue. The conflict over driver's license
has yet to be
resolved - except for one fact, only legal citizens can have
a legal driver's license.
For the sake
of "Guest Worker" dialogue,
let's keep the License debate where it is, related but not
married to the
success of the 'Bush GW' concept.
Worker Program" is
about 10-12 million jobs that American's WILL NOT take and
our economy is in dire
need of filling.
How can a country that has been built by immigrant's hands say
no to families (workers) who just want the same opportunity of
labor and pay that we all enjoy? A Christian nation does not
look the other way; A father who wants to feed his family, a
mother who wants a better way of life for her family - these
individuals need to be shown compassion, not radio rants and
ridiculous antics. If they are here to work, then put them to
of a very corrupt Mexican government with the 'land of opportunity'
resting next door creates much (if not
all) of the illegal status. What is the average time period for
an immigrant to become a legal citizen in the US? The last I
checked, wasn't it 3-4 years? The "Green Card" program
and VISA program(s) have passed their prime.
The corrupt Mexican government starves their citizens and the
temptation of America entices them...they risk it and come and
herein lies the greatest problem - it has been worth the risk.
We have an immigration problem, NOT an immigrant problem.
I was shocked
to hear another Sacramento talk show host claim that the driver
the SUV who attempted suicide in Glendale,
California was an illegal immigrant. This host USED his claim
as reason for immigration reform. First, what does this have
to do with the event? Legal citizen's don't attempt suicide or
crimes just illegal Mexican immigrants? The "Radical Radio
rhetoric" comes across sounding a bit racist to me; how
about to you?
This is the danger, sounding racial or radical will cost the
Republican Party the majority and future elections.
Why do we want to return the 'new demographics' of Latino and
Hispanic voters to the Democrat Party?
Why do we work so hard at gaining the majority only to lose
it with issues like this, dividing the GOP?
In the end, the Sacramento
Talker was WRONG, very wrong! The
SUV driver was legal - he just had a Mexican last name. Talk
about affording the 'left' the hammer to beat us up over immigration
and the Latino/Hispanic vote. Thanks, but no thanks...I'll stay
clear of the racial overtones directed at immigrants who just
want what we ALL have in America. They are NOT evil, just normal
human beings who desire what we all desire. (BTW, the talker
has never offer an apology for his erroneous claim and racial
overtone - don't hold your breathe.)
Now, back to solutions...
consider a problem, you must consider TWO elements; (1) the "cost" it has on society and then (2), the "contribution" it
makes to society.
We must never
forget that immigrant workers, whether legal or illegal, represent
nearly 80% of the jobs that American workers
WILL NOT fulfill. When we scream, 'round them up and send
them home', what we are representing is 10-12 million economical
Yes, the illegal status has a huge burden on our budgets when
it comes to education, welfare and healthcare. Yet, what is the
amount of benefit for our economy?
What we may save in the end on tax burden might damage our (American
Farmer) economy so severely that we lose in the competition and
revenue department even more.
The "Guest Worker Program" will:
1. Make for legal immigrant workers who do NOT have to wait
2-3 years to become legal, or apply for a 10-month worker's permit
and work the job for only a portion of the year. It will bring
10 million 'unknowns' out of the dark and into the light, as
'known' immigrant workers. The program will entice more to come,
but legally through a system, not a coyote! (Control the border
and you can control the legal guest worker program.)
2. There will be background checks on ALL guest workers. Here
we will have information (personal data) for those who are desiring
to come to America and work. If they are here for crime, terrorism
or other illegal purposes - we will have the knowledge of who
they are and where they are to deal with them. I think you would
agree, this is better than having no idea...our current system.
3. Our 'jobs demand' will be met and can even increase, helping
the US compete with the global economy and marketplace. Right
now, all we are suggesting - by returning immigrants - is a lowering
of our ability for future competition and success.
4. The "Guest Worker Program" will
enforce payroll taxes for education and healthcare. This will
help the relieve
the burden of the current 'secret worker' campaign. Plus, if
wages go up so will revenue.
5. They will
have the '3+3 option' - no amnesty. Apply for three years,
for three more. Enough time to become legal or
to determine the route back home to Mexico, with a Social Security
retirement benefit that will support (encourage) such a move
into the country. If they decide to become legal citizens, then
they have done so through the legal process. The number of yearly "Guest
Worker" applicants and workers will need to be determined.
6. The American
worker will be protected. The US employer will have to prove
cannot fulfill the job with a Legal
US Laborer. Then they will go to the "Guest Worker Data
Website" to contact a 'guest worker' for employment. The
government, the employer and the employee are ALL involved -
with full records and data. This is something that has NEVER
7. On of
the 'unkown' benefits will be the salary. When (if) this "Guest Worker" is
passed, there will be liberals who will be successful in passing
government standards for both
the employee and the employer. One area that will be greatly
impacted will be 'rate of pay'. What will start out as a $3 an
hour job will grow into a government forced $7 an hour job.
Yes, it will impact the costs on the products, but it will also
increase the desire of the American worker. More American (legal
citizens) desiring the job LESS illegal temptation and availability.
In the end, the market will determine the rate and the market
will contribute the adjustment of immigrant worker versus citizen
worker - something that everyone debates. America will continue
its competition in the global economy.
8. Severe consequences upon the business who hire illegally.
There are some who disagree with me here. They don't want government
involved in employment contracts between employer and employee.
I agree to a point. This would be government involvement between
an American business owner and a hired temporary worker. We will
NEED government oversight for the protection of the country and
the protection of the program. If it were between two legal citizens,
then I agree with the libertarian concerns here.
I know it is NOT the best program - not perfect by any stretch
of the imagination, but it has a result that can be successful.
My major concern; if we, the Republican Party, do nothing to
address immigration, then we had this issue over to the Democrats
who will elections and make immigration a deeper voter constituency
than it already is for the liberals of this nation.
Time to be smarter than the average radio talk show host - time
to live beyond the 'rants and the banging of the pots and the
is better than nothing folks...be very careful of those who
create promotional antics for self-promotion. Be very,
very careful folks! CRO
2005 Eric Hogue