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Capital Hill Watch Alert

No To a Guest Worker Program

On March 28, 2006, Republican House Majority Leader John A. Boehner refused to rule out compromising with the Senate to expand the House border security bill to include a guest-worker program or provisions that opponents call "amnesty." (“Boehner hints a back down on ‘amnesty',” The Washington Times, March 29, 2006)  He told reporters on March 28, when asked whether House Republicans would reject the Senate Judiciary Committee's proposal to allow the estimated 12 million illegal aliens now in the U.S. to seek citizenship after paying a fine, "Let's wait and see what the Senate can produce.“

Also, it was reported in an article by Rachel L. Swarns entitled, “Hastert Hints at Compromise on Immigration Bill,” in the New York Times on March 30, 2006, that Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert said that he and other House Republicans recognized the need for a guest-worker program, opening the door to a possible compromise with the Senate on fiercely-debated immigration legislation. Rep. Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said at a news conference, "We're going to look at all alternatives. We're not going to discount anything right now. Our first priority is to protect the border. And we also know there is a need in some sections of the economy for a guest-worker program."

According to several polls, the American people do not agree with their elected representatives.  For example, 80 percent of the public want the federal government to get tougher on illegal immigration finds a Gallup Poll (March 27, 2006).  62 percent oppose making it easier for illegals to become citizens according to a Quinnipiac University Poll from March 3, 2006 (72 percent in that poll don't even want illegals to be permitted to have driver's licenses). 75 percent favor "major penalties" on employers of illegals, 70 percent believe illegals increase the likelihood of terrorism and 57 percent would use military force at the Mexican-American border found a recent Time Magazine poll (Jan. 24-26, 2006). 59 percent oppose a guest-worker proposal, and 71 percent would more likely vote for a congressional candidate that would tighten immigration controls found a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (March 10-13, 2006).  And, 92 percent said that securing the US border should be a top priority of the White House and Congress found an IQ Research poll (March 10, 2006).  However, 73 percent of Republican and 77 percent of Democratic congressmen and senators say they would support guest-worker legislation indicates a National Journal survey of Congress.

Additional Reading 

Hastert Hints at Compromise on Immigration Bill
Mexican illegals vs. American voters
Immigration Reform that the Senate should approve is the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437) 

What Can You Do?   

Indicate to Rep. J. Dennis Hastert and Rep. John A Boehner, that guest-worker programs will only encourage illegal immigration and make the current illegal alien problem even worse.  For example, the US Bracero program was the first guest-worker program tried in the US from 1942 to 1964. After the program ended, it stimulated a flow of illegal aliens. During the Reagan administration another guest-worker program was tried and only resulted in more illegal aliens coming to America.  Guest-worker programs do not work and will create a permanent second class of American residents that will flood the labor market in certain job sectors and drive wages down reducing America's standard of living even more. 

Furthermore, indicate to the congressmen that fifty-nine percent of the public oppose a guest-worker proposal, and 71 percent would more likely vote for a congressional candidate that would tighten immigration controls. And kindly remind them that if they support a guest-worker program, the Republican control of the House of Representative and Senate could be lost in this November's elections.

Additional Request:   

Voters in Congressmen Boehner's (Ohio― Eight ) and Hastert's district (Illinois― Fourteenth) 

If you are against a guest-worker program, please explain to your representative that if he supports such a program that in November, you will not vote for him.

Contact Information:

Representative J. Dennis Hastert (Speaker of the House of Representative)

Washington, D.C. Office

235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Telephone: 202-225-2976
Telefacsimile: 202-225-0697

Website: Representative J. Dennis Hastert (Illinois― Fourteenth) 

Representative John A Boehner (House of Representative Majority Leader) 

Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC  20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax

Website: Representative John A Boehner (Ohio― Eight )  

Addressing Correspondence:    

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington
, DC 20515
 

Dear Mr. Speaker: 

The Honorable John A Boehner

1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC  20515
 

Dear Mr. Majority Leader:

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