Fixing Guest Worker Visas

Capitol Hill Briefing
April 24, 2013 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 212-10

Featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute; Tim Kane, PhD, Hudson Institute; and Greg Siskind, Esq., Founding partner, Siskind Susser, PC, Immigration Lawyers; moderated by Laura Odato, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.

How does the Gang of Eight immigration bill reform guest worker visas? How will those reforms affect the rest of the immigration system? How else can guest worker visas be tweaked to improve the outcomes? These vital questions must be answered so that the guest worker visa program provides the maximum benefit to the American economy. A robust and large guest worker visa program will accomplish two goals. First, it will channel healthy and peaceful people into sectors of the U.S. economy that demand their skills. Second, it will reduce the pressure of immigrants seeking to enter illegally and focus border security on security and health threats. The complexities of the guest worker visa, including its good points and its shortcomings, will be examined in detail.