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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Immigration Reform Made Easy


I appalled some conservatives at a fun get-together when I mentioned my immigration reform plan was basically to throw open our borders. We can't secure our borders first, then do something to reform immigration, because trying to secure our enormous border with Mexico is futile; it’s never worked, it never will.

A recent study showed that every 100 foreign-born skilled workers with advanced degrees from U.S. universities produced an additional 262 jobs for native-born workers. When they are here legally, they also pay more taxes, use less welfare, register and insure their cars, get drivers' licenses, buy more homes, commit fewer crimes, are victims of fewer crimes, &etc. 

New immigrants, and Illegal immigrants with clean records, should have legal status and be eligible for citizenship after five years.

We can’t control our border with Mexico effectively, and why try? We need their labor; it’s good for our economy, even from unskilled and uneducated laborers. Why not give everyone legal status and invite in all countries’ best and brightest? Most foreigners who are skilled and educated face waiting periods of 10 years or longer just to gain entry. They can't become illegal aliens and sneak in, because the work they are best qualified to do, and the investments they could make, require legal status.

We need to get out of the immigration box for the good of our country. Forget parties; unions have stuck their wholly owned subsidiary, the Democrat Party, in its own immigration box. They don't want a flood of highly skilled, educated, entrepreneurial people, they want ones they can control and organize into unions and reliable voting blocks. Success in our free economy is bad for unions, but good for the country.

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