The “Gang of Eight” has a bogus crap immigration proposal a brewin’.
Senate negotiators on Tuesday were putting the finishing touches on a bipartisan immigration bill as labor and agriculture groups argued about restrictions on immigrant farmworkers and their pay, lawmakers and officials involved in the negotiations said.
“We’re making progress. We’re trying to get it done this week,” Senator John McCain told reporters.
The Arizona Republican is one of eight Democrats and Republicans in the Senate trying to cobble together a complicated bill that would update immigration laws for the first time since 1986.
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The linchpin of the immigration bill would end deportation fears for most of the approximately 11 million people who are living in the United States illegally, many from Central America and Asia. The legislation would eventually put many of them on a path to citizenship, if further progress was made in securing the southwestern border with Mexico.
There actually is room for “immigration reform” — just maybe not what you think.
I used to think that people who wanted to come here from Mexico could do so, although they would have to wait a while. If people were willing to wait in line, I thought, why should the line get jumped by people who broke the law to come here?
But then, I listened to this Planet Money episode from NPR, and listened to an economist say that if you are an unskilled worker from Mexico with no relatives here, the waiting list to come to the U.S. is . . .
Clearly, there is economic demand for unskilled workers from Mexico. But if you’re following the law, there is no way you can come legally.
Now. I don’t want people coming here a) with the possibility of carrying communicable diseases like TB; b) with no background check; and/or c) who have broken the law to get here.
I think it’s unrealistic to deport over 10 million people, but I have no problem with it in theory.
So my general idea would be: if you want to get in line, we’ll make the line realistic. If you don’t, we’re not pandering to you and giving you citizenship. You can live in the proverbial shadows as far as I am concerned.
So here is my off the cuff, totally unresearched, random immigration proposal.
Your options: live in the shadows, or become a legal immigrant. We will liberalize the rules for green card holders from Mexico like mad. Whether you are skilled or not. Whether you have family here or not.
But you go back and get in line. We’ll make the line realistic for once. But get in line.
You don’t like the line? Enjoy the shadows.
That’s my idea. You tell me where I am wrong.