Monday, January 28, 2013

Immigration and border security

The big immigration proposal outline is here. It's a big deal to have this much out there with key senators on both sides. It contains what you would reasonable expect--flexible acceptance of needed workers, enforcement and verification, path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, acknowledgment of people who came here as minors, etc.

One sticky point I see is the idea that a commission of border elected officials will rule about when border security measures are "completed." This is fine as long as you view only whether the measures are in place, rather than waiting for some impossibly perfect achievement of security. The latter has been the hammer with which opponents of reforms have hit proposals, claiming that reform cannot proceed until the border is sealed. Since it will never be sealed, then reform is postponed indefinitely.

There will be plenty of sticky points.


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