The editors of the Wall Street Journal, no foes of expanding immigration, call on the Biden Administration to compromise with Republicans and pass immigration reform dammit:
The better political path is to look for small wins such as modernizing the farm guest-worker program and legalizing Dreamers, both of which have drawn GOP support. This week Mr. Biden said he’s open to piecemeal bills, which is recognizing political reality.
America needs more human talent to remain a vibrant economy as the population ages and China rises. Bowing to the left will play into the hands of restrictionists who want to define Democrats as the open borders party. Immigration offers Mr. Biden an opportunity to claim a political victory that has eluded his predecessors. But he’s going to have to work with Republicans and risk disappointing the left to get it.
The fly in that ointment is that immigration activists are pushing to complete amnesty and reduced enforcement while “restrictionists”, as the WSJ call them, not only do not want more immigrants but want to deport those who are here illegally. Hence the present impasse.
I’m rather skeptical of this claim by the editors:
America needs more workers in agriculture, construction and technical fields.
If that were the case wouldn’t you expect wages to rise in those fields? To the best of my ability to determine over the last 30 years the precise opposite is the case. Based on what I learned on the first day of Econ 101 that doesn’t suggest increased demand. It does suggest, as Jared Bernstein put it, whenever wages for anybody start to rise the “immigration spigot” is turned on.
Just to remind readers I support immigration reform:
- I think we need an expanded guest worker program, specifically tailored for Mexican workers.
- I support some form of DACA. Whatever requirements are established by law should be enforced in an even-handed manner.
- I oppose a general amnesty.
- I support strict workplace enforcement of our immigration laws in much the same way as is the case in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
- I think the “diversity lottery” should be abolished.
- I think that sponsorship should either be abolished or severely curtailed and enforced.
- I could be persuaded of the wisdom of automatically granting “green cards” to non-citizens who graduate from American universities with doctorates in science, technology, and engineering.
That wouldn’t make anybody happy except most workers in the United States regardless of where they were born.