Employers, Immigrants and American Citizens
Our vision for this movement is to create thriving industries and an economy and nation no longer affected by labor shortages. In order to achieve this, we need legal and humane guest worker programs that will put an end to the illegal employment and exploitation of undocumented workers.
Our solution calls for congress to pass legislation that creates functional guest worker programs (that meet the needs of our industries) in tandem with tough enforcement of a revamped E-Verify system (that accurately verifies the legal status of employees).
Our plan will end the labor shortage impacting our agriculture, hospitality, and construction industries.
Our plan will provide a legal path to employment for immigrants who wish to work in the US seasonally.
The impact of the labor shortage is evidenced by a continued decrease in commercial agriculture production, the inability of home builders to keep up with the demand for homes and the inability of restaurant and hotel operators to find and retain staff. This problem is threatening our food supply, fueling the affordable housing crisis, and hindering our economy from the growth it is capable of.
Today, immigration has more to do with politics than objective, common-sense policies. Democrats won’t support a guest worker program unless it includes a path to citizenship while Republicans object to anything that includes a path to citizenship. Meanwhile, this stalemate forces businesses, undocumented immigrants, and American citizens to suffer.
Our plan does not solve all of our country's immigration issues. It doesn’t cover the future of DACA Dreamers, asylum seekers and refugees. It is not a perfect solution. But, not perfect does not mean not good.
This kind of legislation would provide a legal and humane path for workers while providing our industries with the labor they need. To the degree we improve guest worker programs to meet the needs of our economy, we will also solve the illegal immigration problem. We can do this at a fraction of the $7 billion spent annually on immigration enforcement.