Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, March 10, 2005

THE ECONOMIST ON IMMIGRATION

The Economist provides a helpful summary of the current state of US immigration, and the prospects for Bush's proposed reform. I didn't realize this:

Hence the uncertain future of Mr Bush's guest-worker proposal. His idea is that illegal workers will receive “temporary worker cards”, renewable every three years, that will allow them to travel back and forth to their country of origin without fear of being denied re-entry. Tax-favoured savings accounts, available once they return home, will be an incentive not to stay illegally in America.


When you combine this with the way immigration is being seen as a way to bolster Social Security, this is starting to resemble my proposal to stop restricting immigration and tax it instead.

The idea of "the right to migrate" remains a fundamental difference however. For the foreseeable future, I hope for progress on the political front but continue to advocate civil disobedience.

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