Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Obama: U.S. Needs Immigration Reform; Crapo Suggests Guest Worker Program

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

President Obama, traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border today, says he wants to restart the immigration debate, leading to comprehensive reform.

In 2008, Latino voters overwhelmingly supported Obama's presidential bid. Exit polls tracked a 67 percent Hispanic edge toward the Democratic ticket. At the time, Obama promised Latinos that he would aggressively push for passage of a comprehensive immigration bill during his first year in office.

Today, Obama said his administration doubled the number of patrol agents along the border and deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants last year. But at the same time, the president argued that current immigration laws are keeping skilled workers from contributing to the U.S. economy.

Idaho senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo told Citydesk that he sees a guest worker program as the ultimate solution.

"In my conversations with Idaho's ag community, it's very, very clear that they would be supportive of a guest worker program," said Crapo. "We're looking for a program that would ensure a safe harbor for employers by knowing that someone they were about to hire was in the United State legally."

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