Friday, April 07, 2006
It appears that the Senate Immigration bill has stalled, and for good reason. My earlier optimism in the fact that the border concerns would be addressed was unfounded. That being said, I think the compromise was well-crafted. Although I am against amnesty, I think you have to create a path to legal status/citizenship somehow, particularly if the immigrant has been in the country for a number of years, and there have to be restrictions that prevent criminals from gaining such status. But I have to also say that the most important function of any bill has got to be to limit the flow of new entrants. I also think we have to kick the Mexican government in the butt to get its economic house in order.