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RE: U.S. Reportedly Weighs Legalizing Mexican Illegals

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  • madaster@aol.com
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 17, 2001
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      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.  
      In Solidarity,
      Mike Estrada
      International Socialist Organization
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