Beki Grinter

A Call for Immigration Reform:

In DRAFT on July 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Whoever posts Barack Obama’s Facebook statuses posted this today:

Quote of the day: “Immigrants today have great ideas that can change the world. The question is whether they will develop them in the United States or somewhere else. Our immigration system should be designed to encourage talented people to study in the United States and start companies here.”—Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, on the need for comprehensive immigration reform

Sounds great. But every action that Washington takes (and those they fail to take) around the debt ceiling convinces me that this Congress in particular can’t tackle anything as substantive as immigration reform because to do that they’d would have to be willing to negotiate, listen and compromise. I fear that immigration reform discourse devolve into the same old tropes regardless of whether they are the actual problems. As a fairly new American this realization disappoints me more than anything else.


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