Immigration Reform Plan is a Farce
A bipartisan group of senators has just lit a soggy fuse under the immigration debate. The statement of principles tabled by four senators from each party is such an impotent byproduct of compromise that calling it bipartisan is redundant. This manifesto of mediocrity fails to address the biggest immigration problems facing America -- starting with the question of "Why?"
Does anyone ever ask WHY there are so many illegal immigrants in America? While it's understandable that foreign citizens want to come to America for the great opportunities, why do so many of them insist on doing it illegally? Maybe -- and I speak from personal experience -- it's because the system has become so complex that only a highly paid immigration lawyer or consultant can navigate it. Why isn't there anything in this new proposal (or anywhere else) acknowledging that one of the reasons why people circumvent proper procedure and instead take their chances by overstaying a visitor's visa or jumping the border is because doing things legally is cost-prohibitive and far too complex? What should be just a process has grown into an entire industry.
I have immigrated to both the U.S. and
Here's the French rationale: If we make the process easy and inexpensive, then almost everyone will willingly do things legally. The entire application process for immigration to
The regularization of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. should start with the simplification and streamlining of a ridiculously bloated bureaucratic maze that serves no purpose beyond acting as a life-support system for immigration lawyers. Then you'll see who's really a criminal and who simply doesn't have the resources to afford the costly and complex paperwork.
Various other countries have begun to realize that immigration reform is significant in shaping the sort of country you want. So it's a mystery why the new
In this highly competitive economic climate, why would America want to import immigrants whose sole qualification is being related to other people already in America? Why focus on filling low-skill jobs that teenagers could be doing to pay for their college education instead of tweeting and Facebooking all day?
Here's another idea the
Countries such as
I don't know why requiring these basic standards should be so controversial or outrageous. How arrogant or oblivious would you have to be to wash up on the shores of a country in which you can't communicate and have nothing significant to contribute and not expect to become a burden on those around you?
Can the practitioners of aggressive compromise in this bipartisan committee honestly say that their limp offering is in their nation's best interests?
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