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Old 06-28-2007, 09:52 PM
JD. JD. started this thread
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The following is a excerpt from well-known economist George Borja's blog:
The Borjas Blog: Kill Bill, Part 2 (http://borjas.typepad.com/the_borjas_blog/2007/06/kill-bill-part-.html - broken link)

The President bet all his remaining political capital on a proposal he knew would tear his party apart. And the Senate came close to enacting very bad policy. It really makes me wonder: what the heck were they thinking?

There’s something else worth pointing out. Here’s a policy shift–amnesty and guest workers–that the entire political establishment as well as much of the mainstream media and academic elite wanted badly. It is seldom the case that something that the powers-that-be want so much fails to make it through. I am pretty sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere. And the tactics used by the bill’s opponents to fight the establishment’s power and to weaken their control over key junctures in the information flow will provide lots of case studies that will be studied far into the future. No “Mission Accomplished” banners this time around.

Does this end the debate over immigration? No.

Why? Because our immigration system is truly broken.

Regardless of what happened at the Senate today, there are still 12 million illegal immigrants living in the country, and that number is increasing at the rate of about half-a-million a year. And there’s no longer any need for the Bush administration to keep playing the charade of “more enforcement” that received wide media attention in the past few months. The economic and social dislocations caused by illegal immigration are not going to disappear simply because the issue is no longer in the political headlights.

Combine this with a legal immigration system that admits about 1 million immigrants a year–most of which tend to be low-skill workers. The economic pressures that both legal and illegal immigrants put on the low-skill labor market are severe, and have been ignored for years. I suspect that the immigration “problem” would have been long resolved had the labor markets for high-skill workers–say, for example, journalists and attorneys–faced the same pressures as those faced by low-educated workers.

The debate is not yet settled. The Bush administration made a fundamental error of judgment by pushing this proposal so forcefully despite the fact that its detractors had valid doubts and were not bigots. For those of us who supported Bush in the past, such a misjudgment raises many doubts about the rest of the Bush legacy. Maybe those who faulted the Bush manner of governing--its arrogance, its lack of intellectual curiosity, and its obsession with having its way regardless of inconvenient facts--were right after all.

Now that the debate is over, perhaps we can return some sanity and honesty into the intellectual discussion of what immigration does to the United States…

The paragraph in bold was one that stuck out to me as a true summary of Bush's legacy on the immigration issue, not the one he was looking for but the one that he got. Mr. Borjas is right, this debate is far from over, we need to keep an eye on the Senate in the years to come (it's going to take a while for this one to simmer down). I wouldn't be suprised if next year or in 2009, they don't try a 'Grand Bargain' but another approach. Piece-meal amnesty being shoved through bit by bit. I'll be keeping an eye out.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:04 AM
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Agreed, this isn't dead by a long shot. It's just on the back burner until it's convenient to bring it up again. Perhaps next time in the House.

I just have a scary feeling Bush may try to do something stupid with an executive order before he leaves office.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:47 AM
Location: SW Kansas
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Immigration reform has been brought up nearly every year of this administration. It's not going to to away. Now, if they would like to propose some sensible solutions to the problems I would be willing to consider them. But, as long as they continue to propse amnesty I'll fight then tooth and nail.
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