Towards A Good Samaritan World

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Arlen Specter's immigration bill sounds very interesting:

Specter wants to (1) create a temporary guest worker program that would allow hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to fill jobs in the United States for up to six years; and (2) allow millions of illegal immigrants who are already here to remain indefinitely, provided they register with the Department of Homeland Security, pay back taxes, abide by the law, and remain employed.

Specter's bill might put the squeeze on those illegal immigrants already in the US, as they faced new competition from better-legally-equipped guest-workers. If what we want is for some of the current batch to leave, this is probably the most effective way of doing it. Not that that's what I want, it's just an intriguing suggestion.

My preference is a combination of the Specter bill (a guest-worker program, and letting current illegal immigrants stay) and the McCain/Kennedy bill (letting immigrants pay $2,000 for permanent residence).


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