Lots of foreign workers, both legal and illegal, are losing their jobs, and thus their reason for being in this country. At least some could be tempted to return to their homelands — often places where the virus is less threatening than here.

Meanwhile, the airlines are being forced to fly empty and nearly empty planes in order to secure some $25 billion in subsidies.

Why not put those two elements together to create a “Going Home Program” or GHP.

We obviously have about 22 million more workers than jobs. Why not use those otherwise wasted airline seats to reduce the number of foreign workers, and thus move toward a better balance between workers and jobs?

The offer would be open to all alien workers, temporarily legal or illegal; to qualify they would have to meet these requirements:

The offer of free air travel back to their country — not necessarily to their home area in that country — would also carry these benefits:

This could be written into the pending disaster relief bills now in Congress; it is too late to link it directly to the $25 billion bailout of the airlines in earlier legislation.

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