RE: U.S. Reportedly Weighs Legalizing Mexican Illegals
- Regarding the article and the issue: I think any talk about amnesty by the
current administration needs to be taken with the greatest skepticism. Any
meaningful legislation about amnesty will not be passed by the current
administration. That would be too radical a piece of legislation for both
too many Republicans and Democrats. Moreover, I think it needs to be taken
in context of who is pushing it and for what. The talk of amnesty is being
talked about in the context of bringing back a kind of "Bracero Program."
Ultraconservative Jesse Helms is behind a guest worker program. He is no
friend of workers and unions. Any kind of temporary guest worker program is
reactionary since it's not going to gurantee people permanent residence, the
right to join a union, good wages, etc. Any talk of amnesty without the
right for Mexican workers to join unions is a sham. We should keep this in
mind in discussing these issues with each other and other activists.
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