Arizona is now looking to amend its tough employer sanctions immigration law that was enacted last year and is even considering a state guest-worker program for the undocumented…what a turnaround! According to an article on the Arizona mess that appeared on washingtonpost.com: “Now state lawmakers, having proved that they mean business — even if it means killing off businesses — are reconnecting with reality: They want to import Mexican workers.”
The irony is that Arizona would first have to seek permission from the Federal government to enact its guest-worker program. The same Congress that failed miserably at its recent attempts to reform our nation’s broken immigration system would need to allow Arizona to enact such a law.
On a similar note, Seasonal businesses are suffering because of the lack of temporary workers. According to an Associated Press article: “Breakfast will not be served this summer at Cape Cod’s Crown & Anchor. The Provincetown resort and entertainment complex usually hires 10 to 12 people from Jamaica and Eastern Europe each summer as cooks, housekeepers and maintenance workers. But new visa restrictions mean the guest workers it used last year aren’t expected back. With fewer workers, the resort’s management realized it wouldn’t have the manpower to serve three meals a day.”