Employers and the Guest Worker Program



Background
The term "guest worker" applies to foreign, short term, inexperienced laborers, who are usually in agriculture. In past times, guest worker programs have been made in in the United States to allow immigrants to be able to work and earn money during times of war. During World War I, for example, tens of thousands of Mexican workers performed mainly agricultural labor as part of a temporary worker program.

Pros
The Guest Worker Program includes attributes that make it a more functional idea. For example, this program would give legal status to immigrants as temporary workers, and would bring even more workers into the United States. It also provides protection for the workers, and a right to equal working environments. It is beneficial since the immigrants would uphold jobs that are less appealing or have less people to do them. Having the guest worker program as an option to immigrants could possibly lead to less illegal immigrants in this country. The program would also give foreigners the freedom to send funds back to their families at home without being fearful of deportation, and could even cutback on the smuggling and crime at the border. They could also have their status renewed as long as they abided by the rules of the program, plus the laws of the United States. The Guest Worker Program could be a potentially wonderful thing for many immigrants, as well as make the U.S. a more functional nation.

Cons
Despite these presumably rewarding benefits, it had some rather adverse qualities as well. The workers who were supposed to be benefiting from this program, were instead treated with cruelty and had poor living conditions. They were often harassed, were paid a smaller amount, and overworked. Contracts between employers and their employees were often altered. They also couldn't work on their own terms. Due to the previous failure of the Brocero program, the Guest Worker Program was put in an even dimmer lighting as to potential success. Some argue that this program would only encourage more illegal immigrants, which would then just accumulate with the many other employed people in America. For these reasons, the Guest Worker Program does not appeal to many people.





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Mexican immigrants in El Paso, Texas.

Mexican Immigrants. 1961. JPEG file. Mexican immigrants in El Paso, Texas.


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A family of illegal immigrants standing by their home.

Illegal Immigrants. 1965. JPEG file. A family of illegal immigrants standing by
their home.


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A Mexican sugar beet worker near Fisher, Minnesota.

Lee, Russell. Mexican Worker. 1967. JPEG file. A Mexican sugar beet worker near
Fisher, Minnesota.



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U.S. soldiers interviewing Mexican refugees at Fort Bliss, Texas at the time of the Mexican Revolution.

Mexican Refugees. Jan. 1914. JPEG file. U.S. soldiers interviewing Mexican
refugees at Fort Bliss, Texas at the time of the Mexican Revolution.



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Mexican immigrants entering the immigrant station in El Paso, Texas.
Lange, Dorothea. Mexican Immigrants. June 1938. JPEG file. Mexican immigrants
entering the immigrant station in El Paso, Texas.


Bush, George W. "George W. Bush: State of the Union message (2006)." American

History. ABC-CLIO, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. This article is a speech in
which President Bush addresses different needs for the State of the Union,
including the immigrants. He continues to support the guest worker program
and eliminate issues.

"Guest' Workers Come Legally." Chattanooga Times/Free Press 28 July 2011: n.
pag. Gale U.S. History in Context. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. This is about a man
who was deported for coming into America illegally. It is also about the
guest worker program. It displays the perspective from immigrants entering
America.

Krikorian, Mark. "Guest-Worker Programs Are a Dead End." Human Events 62.11
(2006): 1-8. Print. This article addresses the Guest Worker Program from a
standpoint that it is not a good idea. It explains the failures it has led
to, along with how it slows down industries. This article states that the
program is negative.

Martz, Carlton, et al. "Educating About Immigration." Current Issues of

Immigration. 2008 ed. 2008. Print. This PDF described the Guest Worker
Program, along with the pros and cons it entails. It also addressed the
arguments different people believe in.