A guest worker program could help
The illegal immigration situation has become, if not major issue, certainly a major issue in today’s politics. What is amazing to me is that people talk about it as if it is something new. But, my friends, it is not.
Having grown up back during World War II, when we lacked workers because most of our guys were in the military fighting, I saw and was involved with a guest worker program, and it did work. My father had a large fruit and vegetable dehydration business. The government, which occasionally does something right, put into play the guest worker program because of the shortage of workers due to the war. Here’s how it worked.
My dad signed a contract with the government to bring about 20 much-needed workers from Mexico to his plant. The contract stated he had to pay them a fixed amount, pay for their transportation, and provide housing with a kitchen. The contract clearly stated that their stay was for only six
months but could be extended if necessary.
There was a couple I became friends with. When they left to return home, it was a sad moment. It turned out two of those guys did in fact return for another sixmonth stay. One fellow told me what he had earned while working here was in their world a lot of money. He said he saved enough so that when he got home he was able to buy a small ranch for his family. So, there is one case where a guest worker program helped solve our worker shortage.
So, why not now? It’s called politics. Our own government “workers,” who should also be short-term “guest” workers,” always need something to grouse about. But seriously, a similar guest worker program would indeed be a solution — after we tightly secure our borders. H.K. Miller Weed, California