How should U.S. immigration laws change?

The Senate last week overcame a procedural hurdle in moving forward on the first immigration overhaul in a generation. Lawmakers from both parties’ voted to begin formal debate on a proposal that would give an estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally a long and difficult path to citizenship, reports Phillip Elliot for the Associated Press.

The legislation also creates a low-skilled guest-worker program, expands the number of visas available for high-tech workers and de-emphasizes family ties in the system for legal immigration that has been in place for decades. It also sets border security goals that the government must meet before immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are granted any change in status.

Today’s Question: How should U.S. immigration laws change?

  • JQP

    I dunno … rapidly aging boomer workforce that doesn’t retire from leadership or executive roles and keeps making the same stupid decisions, Walmart and other corporate giants switching to the temporary model of employee;’s to avoid all benefits costs, massive college debt for our own citizen-students, substantial loss of asset value in the lower and middle class…. WHO’D want to come here. We better open that door wide.

  • Gary F

    Nothing should be passed without serious, enforceable border control and fencing provisions.

    If we pass this without it, we just go over the fiscal cliff that much faster.

    Lindsey Graham, the Arlen Spector of the south. RINO.

    • Gayle

      The border is more “secure” now than it has ever been. It is the most heavily patrolled real estate in the hemisphere. We spend more than $18 Billion per year – more than the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals and Secret Service combined. We have long passed the threshold of diminishiing returns. This is simply the fruit of NAFTA. In a global economy, a fortress becomes a prison – we cannot lock out the world and hope to thrive, much less even survive.

  • Duane

    As you read the attending article there is one phrase the stands out “A proposal that would give an estimated 11 million immigrants in the US ILLEAGALY a long and difficult path to citizenship”. There should never be a Path to Citizenship until the borders are closed and secure. Creating a pass to citizenship will only create a more serious unemployment problem for the legal US citizens competing for these entry level jobs and other low paying positions. This attempt to gain favor for votes will only backfire on the people supporting it.

  • Sue de Nim

    At least pass the Dream Act. The fact that there are 11 million illegal immigrants here says that the status quo in immigration law is as unrealistic as other forms of prohibition we’ve tried in the past (alcohol, cannabis, same-sex affection, etc). The smartest academic economists generally agree that immigration is a net good for the economy. Cultural diversity is good for society. Racial diversity is good for the gene pool. And more working-age people would help shore up Social Security. The status quo has only created an underclass of exploitable workers and too often cruelly breaks up families.

  • Jeff

    We should legalize anyone who is willing to come to the United States to work. I would simply ask that every immigrant be working full time, paying all taxes they are supposed to during a 5-10 year trial period (where they can be deported for any sort of gross misdemeanor or felony). During that period they would not be eligible for any sort of welfare/social program funding (since they never paid into the system); once they successfully get through that trial period with no legal issues and paying all necessary taxes I would have no problem with allowing them to become citizens and gaining access to any sort of social welfare program at that point in time.

  • PaulJ

    Immigration should be limited to those who have, at least, middle class union jobs. It is embarrassing to have brown skinned people doing all the scut work. The emigration of dollars to overseas accounts should be addressed at the same time. Otherwise it appears we are picking on poor people or supporting corrupt overseas governments.