With President Obama expect to speak about immigration reform in his 2013 State of the Union speech, this might be a good time to revisit the findings of the Jordan Commission on Immigration from back in 1997. Their recommendations still look pretty fair to me and, indeed, a lot better than what I’ve been hearing lately. The quick summary might be more immigrants that are needed, fewer that aren’t needed, and a better job enforcing the law and monitoring the results.
I’ve made my suggestion many times before: I think there should be a central, online clearing house for jobs for which H1-B visas are being sought.
As long as the battle lines are drawn between nativists and proponents of open borders, progress will be very, very difficult. I would prefer that the guiding principle be national interest. Too much to hope for, I guess.