Okay, I’m very tired of every thread getting hijacked on immigration so consider this your daily immigration thread. I’ll start with some comments that I’ve collected from various media sites. I hope that you will make some effort to be informed on this matter. There is A LOT of distortion on this issue by various groups promoting their own unrealistic agendas. I hope that Georgia’s leaders, both Republicans and Democrats will see through these games and stick to the facts.
From David Brooks in the New York Times: http://select.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/opinion/22brooks.html?n=Top%2fOpinion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op%2dEd%2fOp%2dEd%2fColumnists%2fDavid%20Brooks&pagewanted=print
Under our current immigration system, most people get into the U.S. through criminality, nepotism or luck. The current system does almost nothing to encourage good behavior or maximize the nation’s supply of human capital. Which is why the immigration deal reached in the Senate last week is, on balance, a good thing. It creates a new set of incentives for immigrants and potential immigrants. It encourages good behavior … It rewards the bourgeois virtues that have always been at the heart of this nation’s immigrant success, and goes some way to assure that the people who possess these virtues can become U.S. citizens … The Senate bill reduces that incentive for lawlessness. If you think it is light on enforcement, read the thing. It would not only beef up enforcement on the border, but would also create an electronic worker registry. People who overstay their welcome could forfeit their chance of being regularized forever.
Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Utilities/printer_preview.asp?idArticle=13676&R=1137B14833
The most striking gain is the “trigger” proposed by Republican senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. It requires that all measures to secure the border be in place and functioning before any other immigration reforms are implemented, such as bringing in 400,000 temporary foreign workers and issuing visas to illegals. Chertoff said it might take 18 months to get all the security improvements in place, but that’s wildly optimistic.
[Sorry for the pasting of quotes but I think they are good snapshots of reality on this issue]