Bloomberg Gets Real on Immigration
May 24th, 2006
Immigration is “a critical domestic issue that shapes our political life for decades to come,” just as civil rights, Watergate, crime and drugs, and welfare dependency have changed the political direction of our country in years past, writes Mayor Michael Bloomberg in today’s Wall Street Journal.
A new immigration policy must be “enforceable, sustainable, and compassionate,” argues Bloomberg. He proposes a four point platform:
1) Hold businesses accountable for verifying that their employees are here legally, and create a federal database that will allow employers to identify workers by fingerprints or DNA data. If businesses won’t give jobs to undocumented immigrants than there will be less incentive for them to come.
2) Ensure that there is a workforce to replace retiring baby boomers by increasing the number of visas for both manual laborers and professionals. Give them the opportunity to get permanent status if that’s what it takes.
3) Secure the borders, a task that is only possible if the number of people trying to sneak into the country is reduced through the first two items.
4) “Get real” and stop talking about mass deportations, which will never work.By Joshua Brustein on May 24, 2006, 3:53 pm
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