April 10, 2013

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Dick Wadhams

Red Card Guest Worker Permit proposal supported across partisan and demographic lines in POS/Ciruli poll

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The number of guest workers allowed under any immigration reform bill should be determined by employer demand and not government quotas according to a new national poll released today. The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Ciruli and Associates, and sponsored by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation.

When asked whether private employers or the federal government should determine the number of guest worker permits made available and distributed to non-citizens, 65 percent said employer demand and the need for guest workers to fill jobs that cannot be filled by American workers while 27 percent said the federal government should set quotas on the numbers of jobs filled by guest workers.

"It is very clear from this national poll that a workable, employer driven guest worker program is the cornerstone of any immigration reform," said Helen Krieble, founder and president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. "We need to get this right with employers, not government quotas, determining the number of guest workers."

The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation has created an employer driven Red Card Guest Worker Permit proposal (http://www.redcardsolution.com/) and the poll tested six critical components of Red Card:

  • Require guest workers to pass a security background check and have a job before coming into the country, 90 percent favor, 9 percent oppose.
  • Receive a guest worker permit "smart card" that includes a photograph of the worker, employment information, and biometric data such as fingerprints, 85 percent in favor, 14 percent oppose.
  • Guest workers would be able to renew their work permit without leaving the U.S., 83 percent in favor, 16 percent oppose.
  • The guest worker permit smart card would be for a set period of time and have an expiration date, 81 percent in favor, 16 percent oppose.
  • The guest worker permit program would be a way for non-citizens to legally live and work in the U.S. and provides no special treatment or advantage toward citizenship which is a completely separate process, 76 percent in favor, 21 percent oppose.
  • Guest workers would be able to switch employers without having to reapply for a new work permit, 59 percent in favor, 40 percent oppose.

Overall, 79 percent said they would support an employer driven guest worker program such as Red Card while 19 percent opposed it. Strong support existed in all four regions of the nation with 73 percent favoring the proposal in the Northeast with 25 percent opposing; 80 percent to 17 percent in the Midwest; 83 percent to 16 percent in the South; and 79 percent to 18 percent in the West.

Strong support also was found among all ethnic groups with the highest being among Hispanics/Latinos. Whites supported the proposal 77 percent to 20 percent, African Americans 85 percent to 15 percent, and Hispanics/Latinos 87 percent to 12 percent.

Voters also strongly agreed that "The best way to get control of our border is to have a system for handling guest workers. Without a guest worker program, we are just inviting more illegal border crossings" with 71 percent agreeing with that statement and 26 percent opposing.

The poll also tested several criticisms of the Red Card Guest Worker Permit proposal including guest workers would bring families with them and increase taxpayer costs for schools and hospitals, and corporations only want to hire cheap labor at the expense of American workers. After these criticisms were tested, overall support for an employer driven guest worker program remained very high at 69 percent and 29 percent opposed.

Partisan support for the proposal was also strong across the board with 59 percent of Republicans in favor and 38 percent opposed, Independents 61 percent favor and 36 percent opposed, and Democrats 81 percent support and 18 percent opposed.

The national poll was conducted from March 23 through March 27, 2013 of 700 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.7 percent. Two nationally respected pollsters, Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia and Floyd Ciruli of Ciruli and Associates of Denver, Colorado jointly conducted the poll. Click here to view the executive summary.

The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation of Denver, Colorado is non-partisan public policy think-tank that seeks solutions to modern problems based on founding principles. Helen Krieble is the founder and president of the foundation. She also owns and operates the Colorado Horse Park, an international equestrian events center, in Parker, Colorado.



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April 8, 2013
Media Contacts:
Dick Wadhams


DENVER, CO -- A national poll on public support for an employer driven guest worker plan conducted by Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies and Floyd Ciruli of Ciruli and Associates will be formally announced on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club.

The poll was sponsored by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation which is educating about an employer driven guest worker program, the Red Card Guest Worker Permit, www.redcardsolution.com.

McInturff and Ciruli will present the poll's findings on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at 10:00 AM in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club.


Contact: Shari Williams (303) 758-3956
September 28, 2012

New Poll: DREAM Act Will Not Solve Illegal Immigration

A new poll shows that most American voters do not think the proposed DREAM Act will solve the illegal immigration problem, but overwhelmingly think a broader guest worker program is still needed.

The national survey of registered voters was conducted this week by North Star Opinion Research, Inc., a respected national polling firm, for the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The results show that voters across the nation, and across virtually all demographics including partisan splits, agree on crucial aspects of the illegal immigration debate.

Foundation President Helen Krieble said the poll was needed because so much of the national debate has recently centered on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors. “Both parties’ national conventions debated the idea at length, and both have leaders sponsoring various versions in Congress,” said Krieble. “Trying to fix the problem for young people who violated the law through no fault of their own sounds right, but most voters understand that while well-meaning, the idea simply doesn’t solve the problem.”

Specifically, the poll shows:

  • Voters overall think the DREAM Act is a good idea (74% to 20%), but –
  • They agree that is only a partial solution because it addresses the problem for only 10 percent of undocumented immigrants (68% to 17%);
  • They also fear that many young people won't come forward for fear of exposing their parents or older siblings to potential deportation (73% to 17%);
  • Most importantly, voters say we still need a solution to the guest worker problem that addresses the issue for everyone, not just one group (80% to 11%).

On the larger illegal immigration issues, the poll shows that most voters support legal immigration, and believe a guest worker program is vital to border security:

  • Voters overall say immigration is an economic benefit, rather than a threat to the United States (55% to 33%);
  • Most believe creating a temporary guest worker program will do more to strengthen the border than increased law enforcement (52% to 35%);
  • Significantly, a huge majority of voters believe that "It is not possible to have absolute border control without a better system for handling guest workers" (73% to 16%);
  • When questioned specifically about the Foundation’s proposed “Red Card Solution,” voters supported the idea by a 60-30 margin, with strongest support among Republicans (66% to 25%), but clear support also among independents (60% to 31%) and Democrats (54% to 35%).

The proposed “Red Card Solution” would authorize private employment firms to set up offices outside our borders and issue work permits based on “smart card” technology and instant criminal background checks. Workers already in the U.S. illegally would have to leave the country, undergo background checks, prove they have a job, and enter legally with the new smart card. Voters across the political spectrum have overwhelmingly supported the idea as a “workable” solution on several polls over the past 6 years, including this one.

Krieble added, “This new survey makes it clear that most Americans are compassionate in their approach to legal immigration and guest workers, and they support the essential American principle of equal treatment under the law. That means we ought to fix the problem for everyone, not just one special group, and most voters clearly understand that.”

North Star Opinion Research conducted the national survey of 800 registered voters between September 24 and 27. It has a margin of error of ± 3.46%. Details of the survey, including crosstabs, are available at www.RedCardSolution.com.



The Red Card Solution:

Bringing Order to U.S. Borders


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2009 –President Obama’s Town Hall on immigration reform—canceled a second time last week and awaiting a new date—includes no proponent of the most viable real-world option: The Red Card Solution. Helen Krieble, small business owner and author of the Solution, is working to change that.

Wednesday, June 23, Krieble hosts a bipartisan morning briefing at the Library of Congress to explain The Red Card Solution to congressional staffers. That afternoon, she’ll debut a new Red Card Solution documentary at the National Press Club Building and lead a panel of experts in national economics, politics, security, and media.

“Labor and business are starting to come together to support a non-immigrant worker program that can help achieve border security and supply the country’s economic needs,” said Krieble, whose equestrian farm in Colorado suffers like thousands of small businesses unable to find sufficient temporary workers. “The Red Card Solution is not about citizenship, it’s about work. It’s about workers and employers and the ability to come together legally,” she said.

Currently millions of undocumented foreign workers cost U.S. citizens billions of dollars annually in border patrol, uncollected taxes, and education, health care, and corrections expenses. To expand on The Red Card Solution’s taxpayer benefits:

  • Taxes are collected on wages paid to legal, temporary workers. (Currently, in most cases, no taxes are collected.)
  • Temporary workers paying taxes will cover their fair share of social services currently provided at taxpayers’ expense.
  • Money and resources currently pouring into border security will be better used as border patrol agents focus less and less on the fewer illegal workers and more on criminals and terrorists.
  • The costs of the private-sector program are entirely funded by user fees, not tax dollars.

One of the solution’s strongest features is that its funding source is private enterprise.

“The Red Card Solution is underwritten when employers pay to list jobs with the private employment services opening offices in foreign countries,” Krieble said. “That means business, not taxpayers, will foot the bill. Free markets are freed do what they do best: link employers who need a service with workers who can provide it.”

Historically Viable

The Bracero Program after World War II opened Mexican workers to temporary, legal entry into the United States for farm jobs. The program was limited in scope and, some say, failed to protect the workers from abuse. But in one important area—security—the plan made a clear impact:

“In the Bracero Program era, apprehensions of illegal aliens coming into the United States from Mexico dropped to almost nothing, from more than a million a year to only 35,000. After the program was abolished, the number returned to a million-plus,” Krieble said. “Then as now, the question is: why risk work here illegally if you can do it legally?” Not about Amnesty

The Red Card Solution matches workers and employees through private agencies outside U.S. borders:

  • The U.S. government authorizes private employment agencies to grant temporary non-immigrant work permits. Foreign workers apply in their own countries for the permits.
  • Job applicants are matched to current, unfilled U.S. jobs; temporary, non-immigrant workers fill a specific job for a specific time and may return home when the job ends.
  • Permits are in “smart card” biometric data, enabling border authorities to see that temporary workers enter legally for pre-agreed employment and return when the work ends.
  • All permit holders must pass criminal background checks in their home-country databases and in U.S. databases.

“The Red Card is not about amnesty,” Krieble said. “Illegal workers already in the U.S. may go outside U.S. borders to apply and return legally for available U.S. work.”


A new national poll conducted for the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation makes clear that a vast majority of Americans do not think the border can be controlled without a new temporary worker program.

The survey of 800 likely voters, a large sampling for a national poll, was conducted Nov. 8 and 10-12 by Public Opinion Strategies (POS). The poll has a margin of error +3.5 percent. Voters overwhelmingly agreed with the statement: “It is not possible to have absolute border control without a better system for handling temporary workers.” A total of 76 percent agree with the statement, while only 17 percent disagree.

Similarly, when asked which would do more to strengthen our border, 53 percent said “creating a more efficient system for handling temporary workers” while only 36 percent said “increasing the presence of law enforcement officials.”

“The bottom line,” said Foundation President Helen E. Krieble, “is that people who call for border-only approaches to this national crisis represent a very small minority. Most people know that real border security requires a work program to efficiently handle our economy’s labor requirements.”

Emphasizing that the problem affects millions of small businesses across America, Krieble said, “Until our leaders get serious about creating a legal way to match workers with jobs, this national security issue will not go away.” Krieble has proposed a plan that separates citizenship and permanent residency (which are the legitimate business of the federal government) from non-immigrant work visas. Under the plan, private employment agencies match workers and jobs, run background checks, issue smart card, and track workers through the process, ensuring compliance with the law and making border security easier by eliminating 90% of the problem.

“The American public understands this issue, and people are tired of politicians on both sides using it as a political “wedge” issue, instead of solving the problem – which is not that difficult,” Krieble added. “It’s time for our leaders to get to work on one of the biggest problems of our time.”

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