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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

More on the Undocumented Workers Plan
Josh Marshall posted a long transcript of a press conference between unnamed reporters and "senior administration officials" which took place last night and discussed the details of aWol's new temporary worker visa program. Josh doesn't summarize it much, except with this:

Here's a question: how many people actually think the president expects to or even wants this 'policy' to pass?

One point that I can make based on my limited knowledge of the subject: The bill would require that aliens be sponsored by an employer. And although the bill claims to grant these workers labor protections such as minimum wages, it seems as though they would still be pretty much at the mercy of the employer, with the only real recourse to ill treatment at work being to accept deportation, which the bill would make easier because the worker is "in the system."