Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently said if this country is to have a "successful" legal immigration system, it has to be "easier" to come here. He calls it "fixing the front door," or if you prefer, increasing legal immigration.
Walker's cure-all is not new to the immigration debate, the idea being that if you make it easier to come here there will be no need to do it illegally. Turns out, however, it just doesn't work that way because the more legal immigration you have, more illegal immigration automatically follows.
This nation has for years had the world's most generous legal immigration policy, bringing in more people on an annual basis than the rest of the world combined.
Since 1990 the U.S. has been admitting about 1.2 million people legally every year, or four times our historical average. This rate of immigration, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, accounts for 82 percent of our population growth that continues to outpace job creation in our still sour economy.
Accompanied by a lack of enforcement that has intensified under the Obama Administration, this policy has for the past several decades cost Americans their jobs and led to stagnant wages for our citizens and legal residents still lucky enough to enjoy steady employment.
None of this is good enough for Walker's business community buddies whose never-ending mournful cry asks us to believe that they are on the verge of extinction because of labor shortages at every turn. These imagined shortages, in case you've forgotten, are code for, "Please make sure we always have an abundant supply of cheap labor."
The Senate amnesty bill (S. 744) passed in June would do exactly that. Not only would the legislation double legal immigration and add 33 million foreign workers to our already bloated labor pool in just 10 years it would, according to the Congressional Budget Office, keep unemployment high and further depress wages.
Walker throws a bone to pro-enforcement Americans; he wants to secure our border and do more than pay lip service to our being a nation of laws before tackling the issue of what to do about the nearly 12 million illegals living here, 7 million of them collecting regular paychecks from the construction, manufacturing, transportation and service industries.
Walker also says he opposes citizenship; we can't go around rewarding people who have broken our laws, can we? But legalization will do just fine, thank you very much, because it will still achieve employers' main goal of holding down their labor costs. And it sure won't hurt Walker's chances in next year's election.
If you're among the 20 million Americans who can't find full-time work while your government continues to water down our immigration laws so as not to inconvenience illegal aliens, you're no doubt wondering how Walker's idea of a successful immigration policy would work for you. Does this governor's "simple" solution to the nation's federally created immigration crisis also make it easier for you to find meaningful employment?
Don't hold your breath because in Walker's world where cheap labor and the possibility of more Hispanic votes reign supreme, there is precious little room for allowing you and your fellow citizens to search for a better life.