More on Immigration
President Bush' proposed guest worker program and the Senate bill are essentially amnesty, which has been tried in the past without benefit. If there is impetus for foreigners to come to our country illegally now, there will be impetus for guest workers to stay beyond their legally allowed illegal-immigration. It would serve to increase the number of illegal immigrants.
I am supportive of the Sensenbrenner Bill, specifically the provision of building a border fence. Everyone should agree that border security is necessary, whether or not you agree that a fence is the best solution. I also think heightening the penalty for illegal immigration to a felony is acceptable, but only in light of the following.
I believe that we do not allow enough legal immigration. The number currently stands around 1 million a year. Sure, a million is a big number, but in a country of nearly 300 million, it's one-third of one percent. Certainly, this number could easily be increased to, say, 3 million. Coupled with a prevention of illegal border crossing, I think this would represent a fair and compassionate program.