AgJOBS amnesty/indentured servitude bill (Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act)
Summary (posts follow):
The AgJOBS bill ("Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act") is an amnesty for farmworkers that, as have past amnesties, could be abused by criminals and terrorists (p.47).
The bill has an indentured servitude component: it would keep the newly-legalized on the farm for a few years if they wanted to be able to get on the path to citizenship. Once legalized, former illegal alien farm workers would be able to compete for any job for which they're qualified: cashier, nurse, teacher, whatever. The AgJOBS solution amounts to indentured servitude: keep them on the farm if they want to eventually become citizens.
Last modified Jun 29, 2011
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