The Business of Immigration Reform

Here’s one vision of immigration reform:

We will push for a comprehensive immigration reform that: increases security; has an earned pathway to legalization for undocumented workers already contributing to our economy, provided they are law-abiding and prepared to embrace the obligations and values of our society; creates a carefully monitored guest or essential worker program to fill the growing gaps in America’s workforce recognizing that, in some cases, permanent immigrants will be needed to fill these gaps; and refrains from unduly burdening employers with worker verification systems that are underfunded or unworkable.

George W. Bush?

Nope.

Ted (“Whiskey”) Kennedy?

Um, no.

Chuck (“What planet am I on?”) Hagel?

Uh, no.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Go figure.

Speaking of which, obviously there are major problems with the version of immigration reform currently taking shape. Chief among those problems is that although more and more border patrol officers are fine and welcome we really do need an actual, physical wall across the entire southern border. I mean a real f’n wall, Skippy. If I were in charge I’d build the second Great Wall of China down there.

On the other hand, certain aspects of the current proposal are very well taken.

First and foremost the idea of prioritizing future green cards on vocational skill instead of family ties is such a no-brainer you’d have to be liberal-bot not to see its merits. Furthermore the idea of drastically increasing the allotment for H-1B work visas not only is sound it’s compelling. In fact they should triple the current allotment.

To maintain our economic strength in the years to come we need as many well-educated, highly-skilled technology, medical and scientific workers as we can find. Especially given the downgrading over the past three decades of our domestic publick edukascien systems.

In any event, it’ll be quite interesting to see if Congress will pass a bill. Nothing is certain on that front. What is certain, however, is this:

The very tail ends of the political bell curve are going to be quite angry and irrational for the next few weeks and possibly longer.

That’s *not* necessarily a bad thing……

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