New National Poll: Border Security Requires Temporary Worker Program

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A new national poll conducted for the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation makes clear that a vast majority of Americans do not think the border can be controlled without a new temporary worker program.

The survey of 800 likely voters, a large sampling for a national poll, was conducted Nov. 8 and 10-12 by Public Opinion Strategies (POS). The poll has a margin of error +3.5 percent. Voters overwhelmingly agreed with the statement: "It is not possible to have absolute border control without a better system for handling temporary workers." A total of 76 percent agree with the statement, while only 17 percent disagree.
Similarly, when asked which would do more to strengthen our border, 53 percent said "creating a more efficient system for handling temporary workers" while only 36 percent said "increasing the presence of law enforcement officials."

"The bottom line," said Foundation President Helen E. Krieble, "is that people who call for border-only approaches to this national crisis represent a very small minority. Most people know that real border security requires a work program to efficiently handle our economy's labor requirements."

Emphasizing that the problem affects millions of small businesses across America, Krieble said, "Until our leaders get serious about creating a legal way to match workers with jobs, this national security issue will not go away." Krieble has proposed a plan that separates citizenship and permanent residency (which are the legitimate business of the federal government) from non-immigrant work visas. Under the plan, private employment agencies match workers and jobs, run background checks, issue smart card, and track workers through the process, ensuring compliance with the law and making border security easier by eliminating 90% of the problem.

"The American public understands this issue, and people are tired of politicians on both sides using it as a political 'wedge' issue, instead of solving the problem - which is not that difficult," Krieble added. "It's time for our leaders to get to work on one of the biggest problems of our time."

Details of the poll and of the Krieble plan are on the Foundation web site at


22 comments (Add your own)

1. B.J.Bee wrote:
Your poll does not speak for me. If business wants a guest worker program for illegal immigrants who work for lower wages than legal Americans then the program should require the employers to pay for their guest workers health care, pay for their childrens' education, pay for the governments cost of providing additional water, sewer facilities, police, roads, food stamps and all other public services that up til now have been paid for by the tax payers.
If emoloyers had to fork up for these costs then they would realize the benfit to everyone of hiring unemployed American citizens.

Thu, January 10, 2008 @ 10:43 AM

2. Wendy Fujimoto wrote:
I am interested in reading your plan, but all of the links on your site say "page not found." How can I get a copy?

I want to see if your plan addresses the automatic citizenship at birth issue.

Thu, January 10, 2008 @ 4:32 PM

3. Madison Smith wrote:
I agree with the last comment I would love to read it but I also get "page not found." Can I please get a copy?

Thu, January 17, 2008 @ 8:10 PM

4. Alfonso Trujillo Plaisant wrote:
I have a proposal from Mexico for health workers.
Would you send me your plan?
I think your plan is a solution for the ilegal immigration in a lot of kinds jobs in your country.
Thank you

Sat, January 26, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

5. Site Manager wrote:
We apologize for the broken links, but they are now working and you can download the plan as well as the polling information.

Wed, February 27, 2008 @ 2:39 PM

6. Jeff wrote:
Response to B.J.Bee
People who come to this country on valid work visas are foreign nationals who have proper documents and are here legally. Their employers employ them because nobody will do the jobs in this country. I know several employers who advertize for months get a few responses, those who do “come to work” discover they have to work outdoors, and quit on the spot or within 24-hours. Before you start to give the they need to pay more and the workers will come arguement –These jobs pay $12 -18 per hour.

Tue, March 4, 2008 @ 3:31 PM

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