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Tricky issue of immigration played down
|Last Edited||RP Apr 14, 2008 09:12am|
|Media||Newspaper - Denver Post|
|News Date||Monday, April 7, 2008 01:15:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Calling America a country perfectly "capable of multitasking," Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer said the U.S. ought to be pursuing a guest- worker program at the same time it fortifies its borders. |
Udall supported an immigration-reform effort that died in Congress last year and included both a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
But his website doesn't mention that bill, instead emphasizing his support for border security and a series of get-tough measures that make it harder for illegal immigrants to steal identities or fool employers.
He pointed to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. protectorate that imports tens of thousands of foreign textile workers, as a successful model for a guest-worker program that could be adapted nationally.
"The concept of prequalifying foreign workers in their home country under private- sector management is a system that works very well in one place in America," he said of the islands' program. "I think members of Congress ought to be looking at that model and be considering it as a possible basis for a nationwide program."
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