A Democrat Praises Tanton`s Twenty-Four Questions For Guest Worker Advocates

As we watch

Mexican flags
flying above

massive street demonstrations
in several major US
cities and the Senate Judiciary Committee report out a
bill that would legalize 11 million aliens who

jumped to the head of the immigration line
crossing our borders without permission, it is
interesting to realize that key questions about this

proposed guest worker program
are not really being
asked and certainly not properly explored.  I`m a

, but I say we citizens from

both major parties
deserve better and we simply are
not getting the treatment we deserve.

Recently, in his usual thoughtful

Dr. John Tanton,
founder of the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), put together
twenty-four questions about any guest worker program
that need answering by guest worker advocates:

  1. Will spouses and children be able to accompany
    the guest worker?  Just

    minor children
    , or adult ones as well?

  1. Will any or all of the above be able to demand
    government services in the language of their choice,

    President Clinton`s Executive Order 13166
    ?  Will
    the workers be required to have at least a minimal
    working knowledge of English?

  1. Will the children be
    eligible to attend school
    , and if so, at

    whose expense?
      In what

    (s) will they be educated?

  1. How will health care services – including birth
    control – be provided and paid for?

  1. Will any

    children born
    in the United States,
    automatically become U.S. citizens?

  1. Will the workers be eligible for the Earned
    Income Tax Credit?  Will children

    remaining in the home country
    count as
    deductions when calculating the EITC benefit?  How
    will the number of dependents claimed be


  1. Will IRS and Social Security charges be deducted
    from their wages?  Will they be eligible for

    Social Security benefits,
    either here, or later
    in their home country?  How many quarters of work
    will be required for eligibility?  (Six years equals
    24 quarters, less than the 40 quarters required for
    U.S. citizens.)

  1. Will workers be permitted to marry?  Will those

    marry a U.S. citizen,
    or have a child while
    here, be able to stay beyond the six-year period? 
    Would a man who

    fathers an "illegitimate" child
    for citizenship on petition by the child when it
    reaches legal majority?

  1. How about

    Worker`s Compensation
    and unemployment?

  1. If the job for which the worker came to the
    United States evaporates or otherwise disappears,
    will workers be required to take a different job, or
    returned home?  If relocation is required, who will
    pay the expense?  Will they be eligible for
    unemployment?  If so, who pays the premium?

  1. Will

    child labor laws
    apply, especially in the

  1. Will the workers be able to purchase a car, and
    obtain a U.S. drivers license?  If so, will they be
    required to purchase

    automobile insurance
    , and will this be

    available to them
    at a cost they can likely

  1. Will children be eligible to

    attend college
    ?  If so, at what tuition rate:
    in-state or out-of-state?

  1. Will

    minimum wage
    laws apply?  How about the
    Davis-Bacon Act?

  1. Will the workers be free to

    to demand

    improved wages and conditions?

  1. Will there be requirements for

    , and initial and periodic health
    clearances?  On what schedule? 

    Who pays?

  1. Will workers come under any

    ?  If so, enforceable in what courts? 
    Will public defenders be provided?  At whose

  1. What system of identification documents will be

  1. If conditions have not

    improved in the home country
    after six years,
    what are the chances that the guest workers will go
    home?  Did the guest workers imported from Europe
    after World War II go home when they were no longer
    needed, or did they stay and send for their families
    to join them?

  1. Will workers and their adult spouses be able to
    vote in
    local elections?

  1. How will the workers (and families) be

    and fed?

  1. Will workers be permitted to

    travel home
    at will?

  1. Given these difficulties, won`t most employers
    of the illegal aliens still

    prefer illegals?

  1. Taken as a whole, isn`t this really just a
    system of

    Indentured Servitude?

We know the answer to that last
question, but we are fearful that the answer will be
another huge amnesty with no border security. 

Winning the current immigration
reform debate means controlling our borders and not

those who came here illegally. The
outlook is desperate.


greed of the businesses
that have paid Congress to
turn a blind eye to the growing immigration problem for
40 years has created
11 to 20 million illegal aliens
here. Many of their
legal relatives already here seem to think more is

The self appointed ethnic lobbies
like La Raza and LULAC then piled on, with big money
from many leading US corporations, and with the
encouragement of

religious leaders

Cardinal Roger Mahony
of LA and many well-meaning
bleeding hearts, this powerhouse, self-interested
coalition so far has beaten back the objections of the
80 percent of us citizens who want real border

We average citizens are without

.  We have the power of the polls to discipline
our 2 major parties. But since both of them are on the

of this open border coalition, winning will
be elusive—in the short run.

As I write this on Wednesday night,
the issue

hangs in the balance
in the Senate. America as a
whole, however, has long since voted no.

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.