3/31/2006

Bush's Temporary Worker Plan

As many of us are aware, illegal immigration is becoming an issue of greater concern daily. The effect that such illegal immigration has on our country’s economy is very powerful. President Bush has proposed a "Temporary Worker" plan which will enable illegal immigrants a chance to legally obtain work in the United States for three years. Afterwards, the workers would have a chance to renew their permits. Although Bush's plan is not without its flaws, I believe it is a step in the right direction. I feel that some type of action needs to be taken in order to change the current situation which is only worsening. After the initial action is taken we can then make the necessary adjustments to correct the flaws. To reject Bush's plan or some version of it and expect that the current situation is going to improve without any action being taken would be pretty stupid of us. The bottom line is that if something is not done soon, illegal immigration will continue to weaken our boarders, thus increasing chances for terrorist acts and will further the strain which it already places on Medicaid.

4 comments:

Cole said...

I agree that illegal immigration is a huge issue of concern. The problem is that I don't have any suggestions on how to solve it. I don't think there is a simple or "one-size-fits-all" solution. I have to agree that some type of action needs to be taken or else things will continue to worsen. How can we expect things to change if we do not try to initiate change? Good post!

rico said...

Something needs to be done. Bush is doing the right thing by at least implementing something that points us in the right direction. I would also suggest the idea of cutting off the so called "humanitarians" that are dropping off water jugs and food in the desert to help immigrants get here. Disciplinary action should be taken against these people in order to make it more difficult for immigrants to come into our country.

Blake said...

I like this post! I also agree with Cole's comment. I am torn as to what should be done. Obviously those seeking to live and work in America come from desperate circumstances, however, that is the state of much of the world, and the U.S. can't fix everyone's problems. I am not very familiar with Bush's plan, but from reading this post, I would say that it is a good start. This would at least allow them to come here, work, and live a better life, while simultaneously occupying a legal status. Hopefully they could do this while contributing to the services they are able to enjoy by paying taxes, etc.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Parker's post for spelling errors.

I'm not ambivalent about this issue, but I have more questions than answers. Here are two.

1) Has anyone considered the fact that we could get rid of this problem by making the U.S. a lousy place to live? I didn't think so. If we don't want to do that, then we will have to live with a positive inflow of people.

2) The theory of how technology impacts economic growth shows that an individuals wage levels are determined by both their own skills and the level of technology which surrounds them. This is why most jobs pay less in Cedar City than elsewhere. So, is it wrong for you to move where the pay is better? If so, is it illegal for someone else to do that if they cross a dashed pink line in an atlas? And precisely who should bother us more: someone who moves to make their life better, or someone who slacks off because the situation is pretty sweet where they live?

P.S. I'm inclined to agree with Rico on this one. It is one thing to be for or against immigration. It is quite another to be supporting poor choices that we ought to be discouraging. I'm much more in favor of appropriately shaping the fact of immigration (say, by eliminating bilingualism) than reducing its numbers.