Guest worker program remains stumbling block for immigration reform

By Father Tom Joyce, CMF| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

In the campaign for comprehensive immigration reform it has been odd to see perennial enemies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers working with labor unions. They jointly support giving the undocumented immigrant a pathway to citizenship as well as more visas for family unification. But when it comes to guest workers, they sharply split. If the current H2-B visa program for nonagricultural guest workers is not included in a comprehensive bill, both the C of C and NAM will withdraw support.