(OPINION) The Dignity Act: Immigration Reform With Bipartisan Potential

House Representatives Veronica Escobar (D-TX) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL)recently introduced the Dignity Act of 2023, a comprehensive and bipartisan immigration bill, with the goals of stopping illegal immigration, providing a solution for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, strengthening the American workforce, and growing the U.S. economy. 

Though most of the bill’s labor provisions, such as H-2A guest worker reform, H-2B reform, and increasing employment-based visa opportunities, are likely all significant, they are also far from new proposals. Yet one labor provision stands out as being relatively original, the Dignity Program, which would grant work authorization to the undocumented if, among other conditions, they paid “restitution” into the American Worker Fund for reskilling native-born workers.   

Isabella Hindley, The American Action Forum, June 27, 2023
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