Angeles: Farmers and businesses reliant on migrant
labour have opposed an immigration reform bill proposed
to be passed by parliament.
Bill requires immigrant workers to go back home for a
year. US businesses, reliant on immigrants, have long
pushed for reforms to address their need for labour.
the US, industries like carpet manufacturing, farming,
poultry processing, meat-packing, construction, restaurants
and hotels depend heavily on low-or unskilled illegal
companies, meanwhile, increasingly look outside the US
to find engineers, programmers and other highly skilled
workers, who are here legally, mostly on temporary work
the legislation would also grant legal status to the estimated
12 million illegal immigrants already in the US, allowing
them to seek permanent legal residency or citizenship.
They would be subject to a $5,000 fee and fines, and the
heads of households would have to return to their country
of origin temporarily. The reforms
also call for a guest worker programme that would issue
some 400,000 visas a year for largely low-skill immigrants
seeking employment for two years.
reform measure would create a point system that rewards
people with advanced degrees and special skills.