Thursday, June 07, 2007

Immigration Bill

The support for the immigration bill has me utterly flummoxed. Though, I should qualify my use of the term support, this is clearly an issue where there is a stark elite/base divide, and this goes for both sides of the aisle. We have been told that we are in an intolerable state, that there is a burgeoning underclass of illegal immigrants and something must be done to rectify this situation. The proposed something is amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal immigrants (though the actual language of the bill proposed implies the deportation of about 2 million recent arrivals), a guest worker program that will provide for 200,000 slots, and eventual border enforcement (thus far not coupled with workplace enforcement).

For those that support the "we have to do something now, and it must be comprehensive" approach, I have some questions.

1. Will blanket amnesty not beget more illegal immigrants, or put in other words, will amnesty not beget a futue amnesty?

2. Have temporary guest worker programs been successful in other industrialized countries?

3. Have temporary guest worker programs created a new underclass in other countries? If so, does this not replicate the problem legislation is purportedly designed to solve?

4. Is the status quo really worse than the alternatives?

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