Legislative Background

June 2005
Congressional Digest;Jun2005, Vol. 84 Issue 6, p173
The article reports on recent actions on "Guest Worker Programs," related to current U.S. policies on emigration and immigration law. Bills to reform the H-2A and H-2B programs, covering the hiring of temporary foreign workers, as well as bills to establish new guest worker programs, have been introduced in recent Congresses. No action has been taken beyond committee referral, however, though House and Senate committees held related hearings. The program, which would grant participants legal temporary status, would initially be open to both foreign workers and unauthorized aliens within the United States.


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