Temporary Workers as Part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Problem or Panacea? (Hiroshi Motomura)
MANY LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS for comprehensive immigration reform would not only revise immigrant admission categories, intensity enforcement, and offer legal status to unauthorized migrants, but also include a prominent role for temporary worker programs. Some critics of temporary workers view reliance on them as problematic, pointing especially to the underlying assumption that they are truly temporary. On the other side of the debate are those who view temporary workers as an essential to any effective response to unauthorized migration. Drawing on his forthcoming book, Immigration Outside the Law, Motomura explores the roles that temporary workers might play in immigration reform and explain how disagreements about them illuminate key choices in responding to unauthorized migration.
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Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (2007) won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. One of his current projects is a companion volume, Immigration Outside the Law. Motomura is one of the co-founders and current directors of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center.