Thursday, March 30, 2006

CW on Immigration: Part II

As I discussed in my previous post, the analysis of Ed Rubenstein demonstrates that deportation is a perfectly reasonable and cost effective way of managing the immigration debacle.

However, the whole point of James Sensenbrenner's legislation, which passed in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, is that any discussion about the realistic needs supplied by immigrant labor is completely overwhelmed by our inability to control the border. In short, we cannot have a sensible, sane, moral, and national-interest-driven immigration policy until the border is controlled.

Moreover, as Sensenbrenner argues, there really is no need to deport large numbers of illegals. By punishing employers, the well of jobs simply dries up, and eventually many, if not most, of the illegals will leave on their own.

Doesn't that make perfect sense?

Another issue that I have yet to hear discussed is how we should handle the future children of "temporary workers." Senate legislation will allow guest workers to bring their spouses and children. Inevitably, many will reproduce. The erroneous reading of the 14th perpetrated on the nation by the Supreme Court means that such children are automatically considered citizens. Then what? Well, I'm guessing that in such cases there would be nothing more permanent than temporary workers.

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