October 5, 2007
Schuck on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Peter Schuck (Yale) has a thoughtful analysis of comprehensive immigration reform, which was published in the American Lawyer, at here.
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'It is fair to say that every politically feasible approach to this problem has been tried at some time and found wanting.'
but then he admits:
'...sanctions have been a dead letter until recently when the immigration agency, mindful of the need for credibility with Congress, decided to raid some large companies).'
'And until the law requires (and technology provides) a genuinely secure identity document and reliable employee verification data systems-neither is imminent [WHAT ABOUT THE ALREADY AVAILABLE E-VERIFY (FORMERLY 'BASIC PILOT'? THE 'TECHNOLOGY' IS TELEPHONE AND DATABASE!]-anyone who makes it past the border and stays out of trouble with the police can count on eluding deportation indefinitely [TRUE--THE ODDS OF ACTUALLY BEING DEPORTED ARE INFINITESIMAL BUT YOU'D NEVER GUESS THAT FACT FROM THE ANTI-LAW ENFORCEMENT RHETORIC].
Posted by: Jack | Oct 5, 2007 5:22:31 PM
'Only 1.26 million per year is too few for a nation of more than 300 million people.'
Let me get this straight--his justification for letting in millions is that we are so big. Of course, the reason we are so big is that we keep letting in more and more each year. When we hit a billion will people like him be saying 'You know, 5 million a year isn't really that high of a percentage. We need a lot more.' When does it end?
Posted by: Jack | Oct 6, 2007 1:07:23 AM