"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?"
These famous words on the Statue of Liberty have promised an open door, freedom, and opportunity to people throughout the world. Millions of immigrants from all parts of the world have come to the United States during the past 400 years to experience freedom, gain new opportunities, raise their families, and make this land their new home. In fact, the vast majority of us are descended from immigrants who traveled to the United States to blend into the so-called "melting pot" or to add our own unique cultural ingredients to the "salad bowl" of American culture.
Over the years, various laws have been passed to encourage or discourage the entrance of certain immigrant populations into America. Recently, Senator Phil Graham of Texas introduced legislation to regulate undocumented agricultural workers. Under this plan, farmers could invite up to 25,000 agricultural workers to work in Oregon and other states as legal "guests" for 10 months a year. Twenty-five percent of their earnings would be withheld until they returned to Mico. Another aspect of the legislation would remove the requirement that employers provide housing and transportation to the work site, ensure that farmers would not pay wages under the legal minimum, and guarantee that farmers would keep workers for 75% of the work period.
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