Representative Pence to Propose Restrictive Guest Worker Program

Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) has publicly stated that he will introduce the Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act, a bill described by Pence as No Amnesty Immigration Reform. The plan outlines a four-step process, according to Pence:

  1. Secure our border.

  2. Make the decision, once and for all, to deny amnesty to people whose first act in the United States was a violation of the law.

  3. Put in place a guest worker program, without amnesty, that will efficiently provide American employers with willing guest workers who come to Americalegally.

  4. Enforce tough employer sanctions that ensure a full partnership between American business and the American government in the enforcement of our laws on immigration and guest workers.

According to Pence: “The Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act is a bill that is tough on border security and tough on employers who hire illegal aliens, but recognizes the need for a guest worker program that operates without amnesty and without growing into a huge new government bureaucracy.”

Pence’s proposal would require all potential guest workers to self-deport themselves and come back to the U.S.legally as guest workers. Pence proposes to set up private worker placement agencies, licensed by the federal government, that would match guest workers with jobs in the U.S. that cannot be filled with American workers.

Additional limits proposed by Pence include a limited number of guest worker visas, English proficiency as a requirement for guest workers and the provision of secure identification cards for guest workers.

Pence’s proposal will be miles away from the recent Senate proposal; if it is approved by the House of Representatives, the two Houses will have their work laid out for them to search for an amicable solution to provide a meaningful and fair Guest Worker Program in the U.S.

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