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The Time For Meaningful Immigration Reform Is Now

johnm h Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 10:37 AM
Immigration policy is run by the government so of course it's a mess, but there is no other choice so it must be simplified, liberalized, and have some stated objectives for granting permanent visas. That said ,we also must change incentives so that the market solves the biggest parts of the problem. Do away with welfare for able bodied persons and persons who are not legal residents. Require legal status for employment. Once that is done those here who have jobs and want to work who are not legal will be forced to apply for a legal visa. If they meet our criteria for immigration, they'll get one, if not, the won't. Those either knowingly or unknowingly illegal should not get preference over those abroad who are waiting in line.
aalexander306 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 10:02 AM
Most green cards are issued on the basis of family ties. Mexicans alone receive 15-20% of these and have for the past 20 years. In other words, most visas are issued on a basis other than our employment market and go to the unskilled uneducated family members (parents, adult kids, sibllings) of US citizens.

America has lived with a broken immigration system for at least two decades. It’s wreaked havoc in our border states and created a frustrating lawlessness that is untenable.

It's true that our country embarked on a discussion of civil rights from the late fifties through the early seventies, but for 20 years we have failed to pass any meaningful immigration reform legislation.

While there are myriad proposals floating through Washington, D.C., with regard to immigration reform, they fall into three general categories:

· Those who rant and pledge to oppose all proposals because they stand for “the rule of law.”...