The substantive debate over immigration is simpler than many might think: If we cannot say no effectively, the meaning of the yes that America has always said to legal immigrants will continue to erode. The principal attraction for illegal immigrants is jobs. So preventing unauthorized employment is the linchpin of a pro-American immigration system.
But immigration politics are twisted. People who claim to want answers will reject real solution so they can continue to make noise about “the problem.” Consider the reaction to the December report from the Department of Homeland Security evaluating E-Verify. E-Verify, a system for deterring employment of illegal workers, is a voluntary federal program that is rapidly becoming mandatory — so far in Arizona and Mississippi and for federal contractors — in which a new hire’s work authorization is supposed to be verified electronically.… Seguir leyendo »