Friday, June 20, 2008

Open Border Conservatives Speak Out

Matt Purple discusses on the views of conservatives who part ways on immigration issues and favor more legal immigration.  For that story click here.
Of course, the devil is in the details. The story does not explain this but overwhelmingly the type of legalization that free-market advocates favor are guest worker programs, under which persons have no path to permanent legalization and receive few or no labor/employment protection.  Guest worker programs are perhaps better than nothing at all for immigrants because it would reduce the risk and cost of unauthorized border crossing and allow them the mobility to visit home. But it is not realistic as to family and community ties that immigrants build in the US, nor does it address the huge implications this would have on labor and worker protections for immigrants and non-immigrant workers forced to compete with "exploitable" workers. 


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