Monday, January 24, 2005

Republican split lessens likelihood of immigrant employment legislation

The Nashville Business Journal reports that some Republican congressmen are proposing new measures to punish employers of illegal immigrants. Their regular allies in the business community and President Bush, however, have expressed a preference for immigration law reform and expanded legal employment opportunities, such as a "guest worker" program.

"Geoff Burr, [Associated Builders and Contractors] director of legislative affairs, says a guest worker program and increased enforcement of immigration laws are 'not mutually exclusive,' but he doubts Congress will pass any immigration reform bill this year. 'People are so far apart on this one right now,' Burr says. 'There's a very real chance we won't see any action.'"

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