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Better Tools for Immigration Reform Than in 1986

Michael1445 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 7:29 AM
Immigration these days is mostly about cheap labor. It's great for employers and bad for everyone else. Do we really think adding large numbers of low wage workers will help anyone but employers. And do we really think it's any accident H-1B, J-1, etc workers come overwhelmingly from low wage countries (forget Japan and Western Europe)? And btw, recent immigrants rarely vote Republican. Even Sen Amnesty McCain couldn't change that. Immigration restriction policies would help the entire country except employers. And it would get far more votes than it would lose.

Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Sen. Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaugh's program, the chances for passage look surprisingly good.

But in some quarters -- mostly from the right, but also from liberals like blogger Mickey Kaus -- comes a complaint that deserves to be addressed.

We tried this once already, they say, in the 1986 immigration act. We were told that in return for legalization of illegal immigrants we would get tough border control and strict enforcement against employers who hired illegals.

We got the amnesty, these folks say,...