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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Labor and Business Still Fighting Over Rules For Guestworker Program

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Roll Call has a good article laying out the main sticking points which are centered around the following:


1. The size of the program. The Chamber wanted no limit, but has said they'll accept 400,000. The AFL-CIO wants it capped at 10,000 with the number rising as unemployment drops.


2. The types of workers. Labor wants unskilled workers only and would exclude occupations in construction, health care and other occupations covered under the Davis-Bacon Act (which Republicans hate). The Chamber wants higher skilled workers included.


3. How the program will expand and contract. Labor wants a commission which will have the power to set the number. The Chamber wants the program to expand and contract based on market forces, but has said it can live with a commission as long as its role is just to advise Congress.


It's looking like the Senate is going to have to do some dictating and make the tough call on some of these issues if Big Labor and Big Business cannot. Time is ticking.

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