Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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Dear Reader:

Major sectors of the US economy continue to rely on the labor of immigrant workers, some IO million of whom are undocumented despite the fact that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prohibits the hiring and employment of undocumented immigrants. Comprehensive immigration reform is on President Bush's agenda for his second term in office. In January, he outlined his plan. In early May, the Migration Policy Institute announced the formation of a bipartisan commission to develop comprehensive immigration reform proposals. Shortly thereafter, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Kennedy (D-MA), introduced comprehensive legislation to reform the nation's immigration system.

Among other things,"The secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005" (S 1033 and HR 2330) would create two kinds of temporary visas: provisional H-4B visas for formerly undocumented workers who, among otherthings, register with the government, pay a $2,000 fine and work six more years before applying for a permanent visa, and H-4A visas (initially capped at 400,000) for persons coming into the country for the first time under a new guest worker program. …

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