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Broaden the Immigration Debate and Abolish the Quotas

Jim4136 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 9:31 AM
Allowing everybody to immigrate may have worked well before the 20th century because we had a frontier. Suggesting that it would still be a viable alternative now, in the 21st century, when we no longer have endless empty land to fill and even the poorest peasant from the farthest country can hop on a plane and get to the U.S., tells me that Jacoby didn't really put any serious thought into this column. If we opened the borders completely we would be buried in people.
Stan_in_Texas Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 10:52 AM
Can you tell me how much of the US is un-inhabited un-developed waste land? Let me help a little......The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30% of its total territory.

Why does the government own this land? True a small amount is for parks and wildlife preserves. But most of it is owned by the government simply because no one wanted to live there in the past so they never deeded it to anyone. And of course they have bought more private land that has minerals, oil reserves that they will not allow drilling on, and mountains that the environmentalists want to not develop. I am not for open borders. Seal it now but allow more immigration legally.

The Supreme Court's recent decision in the Arizona immigration case settled the debate over whether states may criminalize violations of federal immigration law (they may not) or require local police to check the immigration status of detainees they suspect of being in the country illegally (they may).

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Miami. Under President Obama, about 400,000 illegal immigrants are being deported each year, the highest rate in more than 50 years.

But the ruling in Arizona v. United States did nothing at all to fix America's dysfunctional immigration system or clarify what to do...