May 24, 2006
MICKEY KAUS on the latest Senate immigration move to make "guest workers" subject to Davis-Bacon and exempt from employment-at-will laws:
Overpaid, unfireable ... guest workers, the new civil servants! Finally, farm laborers Washington can love.
UPDATE: Read this roundup on Republican dissatisfaction from Danny Glover, too.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader suggests, quite cogently, that Kaus is missing the poison-pill aspect of this provision: "It would seem that the easiest way to stop illegal immigration quickly would be to mandate that all illegals are subject to Davis-Bacon and exempt from employment-at-will laws, thereby, removing immediately their sole employment advantage, namely, their low labor cost."