America could have a guest worker program similar to the Bracero Program that was started during World War II and the Canadian System that is in place today. First America must recognize a few simple truths. People from Mexico and Central America who come here to work love their own countries, their families and their cultures. They want to support their families and their countries and cultures but in order to do so they must find work, which they cannot do at home, so they come here.
Most of these people are poor, uneducated agrarian workers. If they are not working the land they are doing other menial tasks that are available to them. This is hard work but they are used to it and when they come to America they generally seek out the same type of work. We can use their labor in America but we should make sure they are not taking jobs from Americans. They should only be allowed to do those jobs that Americans are not willing to do or that we do not have enough Americans to fill.
We must also realize that most of the people coming to America from Mexico or Central America are young men who leave behind mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives and children who they send money to after they get a job in America. They also wish to return home to visit with their families, not to abandon them. If they find it impossible to return for these visits then the usual course of action for them is to bring their wives and children or other family members here, to America, to be with them. Thus the family unit is now united in America instead of where it should be, in their home country.
Under my proposal America must first change its laws so that a child born to parents who are not American Citizens does not become an American Citizen just because he happens to be born in America. We must take away this magnet. Second, we must identify those jobs that Americans will not do. The first that comes to mind is agriculture. You won’t find many Americans willing to bend over all day picking crops. I think we all know this. Two other areas of expertise that these Guest Workers seem to gravitate to are car washing and restaurant work. When is the last time you had your car washed by a person other than one of Hispanic origin? When is the last time you really looked at the people who took your order at a fast food restaurant or cleaned your table or swept the restaurant floor? I’m betting that if you paid close attention you would see that they too were of Hispanic origin. If you really paid attention you would see that the cook in your favorite Italian restaurant, steakhouse or burger joint is probably a nice hard working young man that comes from somewhere south of the border. In any event there are probably a hundred or more categories of jobs we could identify for these hard working Guest Workers that would be acceptable to all and yet not take a job from an American. One area they should not be working in is construction. They should not be framing, sheet rocking, roofing or pouring the foundations for the millions of homes being built in America every year. Not unless it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no American ready, willing and able to take that construction job.