The United States needs immigration reform

  • Article by: Norm Coleman
  • Updated: September 2, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Those who want the Senate version adopted and those who want nothing at all are both wrong.

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pumiceSep. 2, 13 6:23 PM

From the article: "I suspect that many in the Minnesota delegation got an earful about ... the negative impact that Obamacare is having on small businesses and the 40-hour workweek," and "at least 700 miles of secure pedestrian fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border[,] ... doubling the number of border patrol agents[,] ... providing all nine sectors of the southern border with the state of the art technology and resources our border patrol agents need to secure the border, ... [completely implementing mandatory] E-verify and ... an entry-exit system [to crack down on the 40% of today’s illegal immigrant population comprised of foreigners who overstay their visas."

Judging by the gratuitous slam at the ACA and by the daddy-state bent and the borrow-and-spend emphasis of its non-comprehensive proposal for immigration reform, I suspect that the American Action Network leans not forward but to the right.

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toby3061Sep. 2, 13 6:25 PM

Immigration reform does not mean scamnesty. We are screaming for minimum wage increases while we allow illegal aliens to cross our border and drag down wages, especially in the lower wage sector. Stop the madness and kill the scamnesty bill.

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jweb1958Sep. 2, 13 6:53 PM

Here's an immigration reform far more effective than what's been proposed by anyone: fine employers $5000 per day, per illegal employee. Even Walmart and agribusiness would pay attention if such a law were actually enforced. Won't happen, of course. Cheap labor Republican employers would cut off the campaign bribes to GOP politicians who voted for such a law. Democratic politicians and activists want unlimited numbers of low-wage government-dependent immigrants who will turn America far Left for eternity. Nobody is speaking out for our existing low-skilled citizens whose economic prospects will be even more crushed by importing 30 million (at least) low-skilled people into the country. Where is the need for massive amounts of additional unskilled labor in this time of high unemployment? The only people who will rate this comment thumbs down are robotic Leftists whose own jobs aren't threatened by massive immigration, and right-wingers whose desire for short-term profits is vastly more important to them than the long-term welfare of the country.

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army1994Sep. 2, 13 8:38 PM

"Where is the need for massive amounts of additional unskilled labor in this time of high unemployment? " You're forgetting that most of the jobs the illegal immigrants are taking are jobs that go unfilled when they aren't here to work them. Massive fines for employers that hire illegal immigrants would dry up the job market for them, which would be a more effective way of stopping illegal immigrants then any fence or border guard. We can't afford that anyways. Issue more visas for the jobs that the illegal immigrants were doing and let them come here legally to work, and spend the money you would have spent on fences on monitoring visas to make sure they aren't overstayed (all visas, worker, student, tourist, whatever). More economically viable, and gets to the core of the problem.

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kilofoxSep. 2, 13 9:12 PM

I have no problem working on immigration. But anything that involves illegal immigrants is a non starter. If you commit a crime of sneaking in for what ever reason you do not deserve the right to citizenship. I say we follow Mexico's own immigration bill and how they handle illegals. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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truthtimeSep. 2, 13 9:42 PM

A lot of the jobs illegals are filling are jobs the good, old boys and girls wouldn't take anymore — slaughter houses/packing plants, motels cleaning, janitorial, etc. In the case of the packing industry, this country has a 200-year history of the newest immigration groups coming in and filling those bloody, dangerous jobs awat from the former employee (earlier immigrant wave) group moves out to take better-paying, less bloody jobs. Today, the Somalie and Hispanic groups are the latest wave to do this. It was accelerated 30 years ago in this state when white Hormel workers struck and had their union busted in Austin. That dropped wages to the point where whites would no longer take those jobs.

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yardboySep. 2, 1310:26 PM

Any immigration reform bill should be written by current U.S. citizens that are either unemployed or underemployed, those that have been impacted the most by illegal immigration/excessive legal immigration. Allowing the current bunch that we have in Washington, DC could never honestly put together a bill that would benefit middle class American’s because they are too busy taking bribes from there big money special interest groups.

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mnbvcxzsSep. 2, 1310:36 PM

Senate version does nothing to stop flooding the US labor pool which is disgraceful while millions of US citizens and legal immigrants remain unemployed.

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luzhishenSep. 3, 13 6:37 AM

Norm, the nation doesn't want a flood of workers driving down wages even more..

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Area51Sep. 3, 13 7:59 AM

We don't need reform, we need enforcement.

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