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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?


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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Comments (9)

JJ, there are so many looph... (Below threshold)

JJ, there are so many loopholes in the senate bill I could sail the USS Nimitz through them.

One business day to process a z-visa?
No back taxes to get a z-visa?
No additional penalities for not getting a z-visa?

I'm not sure I'd be completely happy with the Big Business version but frankly I trust them a lot further than McCain or Kennedy on this issue

Guess I am on the very tail... (Below threshold)

Guess I am on the very tail end of the bell curve. Cause I am hopping mad and at this point having a really hard time distinquishing between democrat and republican plans for this country. I give GWB credit for going to war against Iraq and Afghanistan and not much else. Even those two items were botched but at least they were done.

This immigration bill is typical of the sort of idiocy this administration and the republican party can get behind. Doesnt fix the problem, makes it worse and promises to destroy them. Must be a solution.

My question for those who think this bill is a good idea is exactly who is going to replace all these marvelous illegals once they are no longer illegal? After all the market won't have gone away and the demand will still be there. Its not like the market is demanding mexican workers. It is demanding workers that don't require unemployement insurance, health insurance, work safety rules and the rest of the "advantages" of the US worker. Once these illegals are legal then they will be burdened by the same "advantages" of the legal "not willing to do the work of mexicans worker americans". Cannot wait to watch this train wreck.

This country is going to hell real fast under Bush. GREAT JOB.

It looks like the President... (Below threshold)

It looks like the President has joined the democrats in congress along with the RINO's to screw the pooch. The pooch being the "Legal" citizens of the United States.

Bush didn't write this bill. All bills originate in the congress but he is supporting it for some unknown reason. Maybe his momma need to take him behind the woodshed and beat some commone sense into his head from the ass up.

If they can't find them now... (Below threshold)

If they can't find them now, how in the "heck" are they going to find them to collect the "$5,000.00"? If you owed someone that much and they didnot know who you are, would you just come foward out of the "goodness" of your heart?
Yeah sure.

Buyer's remorse, jhow? Read... (Below threshold)

Buyer's remorse, jhow? Read the Contents next time.

Bill J Clinton: "Carroll Quigley"
George W Bush: "compassionate conservative"

(nominees always *signal* during their acceptance speech)

70 year old political virgins...Oy!

Area51: Out.

First and foremost... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:
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.

If the problem you're trying to solve is that wages are too high for higher-skilled workers, then this is a step in the right direction.

The parts of the bill dealing with illegals helps to keep wages down in the lower-skilled end of the market, with all those wonderful provisions legalizing those got here by sneaking in, and incentivizing more of the same behavior in the future. But, those unfortunate businesses like HP & IBM are unable to reap the gains of those policies. So, that's where the H-1B visas come in. Now we can work on knocking down the wages of those higher-skilled workers.

Oh happy days! It sure is wonderful when our government lives up to its calling: of the people, by the people and for the people. Just don't ask which people.

I am a strong supporter of ... (Below threshold)

I am a strong supporter of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, because I am convinced that only such an approach can succeed. Enforcement, a path to legalization and eventually citizenship, and a guest worker program need to come into being at the same time.

This bill doesn't do that. Worst of all, by raising the price of application and the "touchback" nonsense, it virtually guarantees that most of those illegal workers we would want to take advantage of it will not, but that the undesirables will avail themselves of its almost instant cover to avoid deportation.

Bush's original proposal - if combined with the necessary fence funding, as was approved last year - was the best option yet presented. Yes, it was a bit lax for my tastes, but nowhere near as lax as the McCain-Kennedy I substitute last year, and not comparable at all to the latest incarnation just unveiled, which is a monstrosity.

I support comprehensive reform because I want it to work. This bill cannot.

Psst bryanDirtbag Area 51 c... (Below threshold)

Psst bryanDirtbag Area 51 calling.

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