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Monday, May 15, 2006

The immigration speech

I liked it. It's about as far as any politician will reasonably go in the short term. It sounds like a barrier on the border was proposed, but not described as a solid wall. And I'd find it hard for anyone to oppose using the National Guard to enhance border security; how could anyone argue that defending America is not in the purview of the National Guard?

The one thing I would have liked to see in the speech is a veiled reference to the failure in Mexico. "For many Mexicans, they find that their only hope for a better future for themselves and their family, their only path to achieving their dream, is through a dangerous border crossing to America."

2 Comments:

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Joel said...

What's your take on the president's proposed guest worker program?

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Let's start by saying that the majority of people want the benefits provided by cheap labor. Businesses like the smaller wage expense. Consumers like cheaper products. And upper middle class types like feeling richer than they are, by having cheap nannies and landscaping services. So a guest worker program is going to happen.

In general, a formalized program will help prevent abuse of the workers, and help ensure that taxes are collected: an important plus.

I'd want to see more details about the plan, of course.

I do like the details immediately suggested by Neil Boortz:

Employment agencies arrange for the guest workers, and employers pay ONLY the employment agencies: no direct payment to the workers, helping ensure there's no money if the workers fail to leave at the end of the term. And workers must sign up for the program in their native country, not here.

 

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