I firmly believe any person that would like to come to this country should be allowed to, provided the economy at the time is able to support the number of people LEGALLY APPLYING to enter.
This IS America. Give us your tired, your poor.
Each year, or perhaps every 3-4 years an "immigration index" should be developed taking into account the unemployment rate, new job creation, inflation rate, and various other economic factors. This index would then get multiplied against a minimum number of yearly immigrants the Nation feels it can absorb per year. In good economic times we allow more immigrants to enter. In poor economic times, less immigrants. But we do increase the immigration rate from where it currently stands.
Of course there are those who will hate this concept because they believe in a total open border policy. All I can say is, I wish I could back that idea and let everyone in when they want in, but in reality that is a policy that places economic stress on the State and Fed Public Assistance Programs during poor economic times. Our immigration policy should be designed to make the Nation and the people coming into America stronger, not weaker citizens. We should offer an attainable dream, not a ticket to a broken welfare system that keeps people at the poverty line with little hope to rise above it.
I'm sure the "Progressive Liberals" are crying foul right here. But the bottom line is you can only cut a dollar into so many pieces until each portion becomes so small it is unable to support anyone. I am from Arizona. I am well aware of the jobs undocumented workers do. I am also aware that the money doesn't get paid in taxes here, it gets sent back to support families in Mexico. In fact very little of the wages earned by undocumented workers in Arizona is even spent in Arizona. However, these workers consume public utilities, emergency room care, low incomes housing, and other forms of public assistants.
I am NOT saying they should NOT be able to. I am saying the till is out of balance and the funds are running dry. At some point the philosophy of an open border needs to be balanced with the economic realities and costs of an open border policy.
During good economic times we can bare the difference. In poor economic times we can't. It has absolutely nothing to do with race or wanting people to immigrate or not. It isn't even an emotional issue the Tea Baggers or Dems try to make it every election. The reason they won't use a common sense approach is because they don't want to isolate an entire Latin American voting block. It's all politics and has nothing to do with what is right for immigrants or the people who are already in this Nation.
Another thing we should consider adding to any real immigration reform is quality of applicants. For example, those who already had jobs in the States (like migrant workers) should have priority and moved to immediate citizenship. Even if they are already here undocumented. They should be fined and not be granted paperwork, however, until the fine is paid off. Fines will be based on income level to make it fair to each worker. Face it. America wants these workers. They are productive and we want their taxes to start getting collected and put into the system.
Points should also be granted to applicants with degrees in fields we deem important. Like technology or computers for example. We could develop a list of degrees that were weighted the way we felt were needed for industry. That way those without jobs coming to the country would have a higher likelihood of obtaining a job once they got here. There is a yearly job index that determines what jobs are in high demand. We would use that to determine which applicants we let come in, aside from the migrant and low wage earners.
Of course there will be a high demand for low wage jobs still. SO no I am not creating an elitist atmosphere. Remember, those will be most of the first ones granted citizen status. The bottom line is we need to work together, be creative, but utilize common sense while NOT allowing one political group to dictate policy.
The GOP and DEMS will not solve this issue. They have lost interest in doing what is right for both America and the undocumented American worker. It will take a Libertarian philosophy to work out the details.