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Yesterday evening, the Senate voted to keep a temporary guest worker program in the immigration bill. Big mistake.

While the bill would sensibly create a path to earned citizenship for the 12 million immigrants currently here illegally, it then starts the problem anew.

Temporary workers would only be allowed in for three separate two-year stints, and no chance to earn citizenship. People who need to feed their family for longer than a few years won’t find that terribly useful.

And since nothing is being done to improve the economy and create good jobs south of the border, the incentive to risk their lives, leave their homes and immigrate illegally will persist.

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