I'm kind of in agreement with you and Rico (saw his post before I replied to this one).<quoted text>I'm reluctant to answer;-) But, you can probably tell by how many nasty judge-its I get in the next few minutes.
What do you think of the President's immigration proposal? Personally, I don't see anything in these proposals that does one thing for the American and legal immigrant workers they replaced, and what in these formulas is designed to discourage others from coming to wait for their turns? Securing the border(s) only prevents 60% of the problem - even if you believe we can successfully block border jumpers, and I don't think we can in the first place. What's the plan for th 40% who enter on legal visas and never go home again? Last, this TGW program for jobs Americans "just won't do" is also disingenuous. That guarantees wages will stay in the toilet, because Americans just won't do jobs that pay less than a survivable wage - if they have any choice. If not, they're still competing for a race to the lowest possible wage.
At any rate, I'm not happy because it's not very different than we did last time, and now there are at least 11-12 more people here illegally. What's going to stop that from happening again going forward?
I don't see enough to stop the flow of illegal immigration and I don't like the idea of a path to citizenship at all.
It just seems like after all this time arguing about it both sides are so eager to get immigration off the table that no one is willing to the hard work of thinking the thing all the way through.
Getting the illegal workforce documented is a positive step even though there will be a negative impact on wages, but if we're going to be stuck with a path to citizenship (which it looks like we are) I would like to see more effort put into reducing the number of new arrivals.