If Americans want to preserve and improve upon the nation’s quality of life, it must enact policies that enforce laws that produce specific outcomes. It cannot be left to chance or accident. Historical circumstances are not the basis for sound future policy. America has reached the limit.
Rarely do Americans decide issues intelligently, based on factual reasoning and sound ideas. Does anyone want to debate that? “Immigration policy reform” is an instance. Immigration policy on which the nation was founded became obsolete at some point along the timeline. At various stages in history, legislators made adjustments. However, on what do they base policy? What are the economics of immigration in the context of present economics? Addressing these questions in context of Americans as global citizens is no easy task, and introduces distasteful choices. That is what makes it politically difficult.
Philip Bump writes in the Washington Post, “The Fix” today that “Americans turn against immigration.” He analyzes the data. Immigration isn’t a matter of public opinion (see the link). Immigration policy should be a matter of economics and sustainability. When elected representatives fail to keep Americans informed of the facts, and when they fail to properly enforce the laws, they produce failing outcomes. While the opinions are circumstantial, the facts remain. Here is a list.
- There is a finite and optimal limit to the number of immigrants needed and wanted by the nation.
- The demographics of the number of immigrants needed and wanted is most important to effecting desired outcomes.
- Illegal immigration undermines the rule of law.
- Immigration policy must be managed in context with foreign policy.
- America has an illegal immigrant problem that is the result from past and present mistakes by government elected officials.
- It is essential to establish outcome-driven immigration policy reform and management.
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“Americans turn against immigration — but, as always, it’s complicated
BY PHILIP BUMP June 27 at 10:39 AM
Over the past 15 years, America has steadily warmed to the idea of increased immigration. In 1999, 10 percent of the country wanted to see more immigration. In 2014, that figure is up to 22 percent. But, as new data from Gallup shows, the country on the whole remains skeptical about more immigration, including a sharp turn against an increase over the past year.
As always, the chart says more than any words.
Diving into the numbers, Gallup speculates that the slow trend upward for an increase is driven in part by a push from business groups (including Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook) for more H-1B visas, allowing more skilled workers to immigrate. It's people with post-graduate degrees that have become more likely to support an increase, who, Gallup says, are "more likely to be tuned in to the discussion about the need for importing highly skilled workers."