Saturday, January 10, 2004

The immigration proposal laid out by Bush seems to only have lasted one news cycle. As a general rule, I think this is a good idea for a number of reasons: 1) it recognizes and addresses the existing economic situation in the US; 2) improve national security by documenting the whereabouts of more people in this country; 3) benefit the state and federal treasuries with an untapped source of tax revenue; 4) provides a pool of permissible labor where Americans will not do these jobs and 5) doesn't reward illegal entry with automatic permanent residence or citizenship. Morally and economically these are all good things, although it is in my nature to doubt the motive of the Bushies -- e.g. proposing things the GOP controlled congress will likely not pass while appearing as a good guy to the Hispanic voting populace. In any event, I hope this gets a little more traction in the future. Here are some other Q&A about the issue.

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