March 6, 2005


Majority of Mexican Immigrants in US Support Guest Worker Idea (James Blears, 05 March 2005, VOA News)

A majority of Mexicans living and working in the United States would take part in a guest worker program that allowed them to stay in the country legally, but only for a limited time. That's according to a survey of nearly 5,000 Mexican migrants.

In the survey, conducted by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center, 71 percent of respondents said they would participate in a temporary worker program.

Almost the same proportion of those questioned said they would take part in a program that offered the opportunity for permanent legal status, once they had lived in the United States for five or more years.

Give them a way to be here lawfully and they'll grab it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2005 1:00 PM

As with Prohibition or the 55mph speed limit, a law that so many people are knowlingly breaking is a sign that the law is really social engineering, and needs to be changed. (Note how many citizens are still willing to hire and do business with obvious illegals, so it's not just Mexican peasants who are flauting the immigration laws.) Change to what? Well, that's what the democratic process is for, and why we need multiple rational parties in this country.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 6, 2005 1:17 PM

Now we have a nominee for 'Most Obvious Headline of 2005.'

Posted by: Bart at March 6, 2005 2:20 PM


Prohibition wasn't widely violated. It was narrowly and noisily violated.

Posted by: oj at March 6, 2005 2:24 PM


I take it your parents didn't grow up in an area with lots of Italians, Germans or Scandinavians all of whom violated Prohibition with aplomb, whether in Brooklyn or Wisconsin. You could make a ton of money in the 20s loading up your fishing boat with Canadian hooch and taking it to the States. There are Canadian towns along the Great Lakes that still haven't recovered from the repeal of the Volstead Act.

Posted by: Bart at March 6, 2005 3:07 PM


Yes, the marginal populations in big cities. Such are always awash in social pathologies.

Posted by: oj at March 7, 2005 8:51 AM