Problems in the Emerging Immigration Reform Deal
Posted at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 29
Reihan Salam raises a “few red flags” he sees in the immigration reform proposal emerging from the Senate.
“Considerable resources are being devoted to border enforcement measures of questionable cost-effectiveness. Net migration has sharply decreased for a number of reasons, including a strengthening Mexican economy. The incremental gains that will flow from additional border-patrol agents merit scrutiny.”
“DREAM-eligible unauthorized immigrants will be placed on a fast-track to citizenship, which is entirely understandable, on political and (perhaps) normative grounds. But so will agricultural workers… This creates a powerful incentive for farmers to identify aspiring immigrants as agricultural workers.”