Should the Immigration Laws Be Changed
Original post made by stephen levy on Apr 6, 2007
The broader question about unauthorized immigrants is whether people like them are a benefit to the economy and to the country. Congress is debating whether to change the laws.
I favor having an earned path to legal status for most current unauthorized immigrants and changing the law to provide legal channels for low-wage workers to enter the country to meet needs in our economy.
What do others think?
on Apr 6, 2007 at 8:08 am
We do have law like that. These come in different forms. In Texas when we need extra help in the farms the farmers are allowed to get help from across the border for un-skilled labor.
For skilled labor we have H1 visas.
The problem arises when we try to enforce our own laws.
on Apr 6, 2007 at 8:10 am
Every generation has its new immigrants who take the unappealing jobs at preposterously low wages. This generation is no different. One motivation to keep the laws the way they are is to oppress illegal immigrants through fear of deportation into accepting low wages and dangerous working conditions. I don't happen to share that motivation. The reality, IMHO, is that there is not a huge groudnswell of legal immigrants who would take up the jobs that would need to be done if the illegal community were all deported. Why? Because if you are legal you can demand to be paid minimum wage, at least. And many of those jobs are under the radar.
on Apr 6, 2007 at 8:39 pm
Congress should sit down and write a law that is enforcable and include severe penalties for any company, church , city or state that conspires to violate the law. Congress should not go home until they have that law.