Volume 4, 2006
Philosophy Against Empire
From Alien to Guest
A Philosophical Scrutiny of the Bush Administration’s “Guest Worker” Initiative
This paper examines the Bush Administration’s immigration “reform” initiative of January 2004, which proposes a guest worker category to further regulate the continuing immigration of workers into the United States. The plan is particularly intended to affect the flow of workers from Mexico. I will argue that this doesn’t represent an improvement but rather creates a deeper level of alienation for the laborer and greater control for global capital, and results in another layer of control over human subjects through the regulation of identity. However, there are promising signs that global capital may be weakening, due to both internal
and external forces. I don’t propose specific immigration policy changes in this paper.