During the CNN Republican debate, Ben Carson said that his proposed immigration plan is not amnesty because “farmers can’t hire Americans to do the jobs” that would be filled by guest workers.
CARSON: My plan is not amnesty for a number of reasons. Number one, I’ve talked to farmers, and they can’t hire Americans to do the jobs that I’m talking about. The second reason is because the individuals who register as guest workers don’t get to vote. They are not American citizens, and they don’t get the rights and privileges of American citizens, so that’s key… We don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. What we have to do is look at things that work. All we have to do is use a little common sense.