The Washington Post published an opinion piece entitled : “Mr. Bohner’s weak immigration excuses”. The article discussed the “smoke screens” that get used in the immigration debate. The article’s main point was the fact that Republicans use the terms “border security” to scare people about immigration reform at a time when illegal immigration has dropped since 2008. As I discussed before, the emphasis on border security in any immigration reform is misplaced. Below I will discuss some things that, in my opinion, should be in immigration reform.
High Skilled Immigration: many practitioners believe that the current system is restricting the influx of highly skilled and educated immigration. The current system restricts the number of visas that could be granted to these immigrants, who wish to proper in the United States. I am a strong advocate of the points system that several developed countries like Canada and the United Kingdom use. This system will give more points to intending immigrants depending on their education, experience and skills. This system still restricts the amount of immigrants, which appeases politicians that want to guard American jobs, but also attracts the needed skills that we need.
Undocumented Immigration (Illegal Immigration): Most politicians should respectfully realize that the magic bullet to end illegal immigration does not exist. There are several causes for illegal immigration, which include economic, political, and problems with our existing system. The economic reasons are paramount here but problems with our existing system, in my opinion, dwarf the economic causes. I have represented numerous people who simply stayed in the United States because all of their relatives live here. Fixing the problems with our legal immigration system will lead to a decrease in undocumented immigration. One of the ways to fix such system, is to eliminate visa limits for family sponsored immigration. This has been addressed in the Senate’s immigration bill. We should now wait and see if the plan will pass the house.
I will post another entry this week that will discuss other aspects of immigration reform.