Let’s play a little game on the subject of immigration reform. List your own top five priorities in immigration reform, in descending order of importance, and then list what you think are the top five priorities of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill. I’ll start
- Admitting the agricultural workers we need into the country.
- Ensuring that the high-skilled workers businesses are demanding to be let into the country are actually needed.
- Admitting the high-skilled workers we need into the country.
- Discouraging anyone else from entering the country.
- Bringing individuals who were provably brought here as children illegally and have never lived anywhere else out of the shadows.
I can think of some other issues that I think are important but those are probably the top five.
Here’s what I think the priorities of the Senate’s bill are:
- Immediate legalization of all immigrants already in the country illegally.
- A path to citizenship for immigrants already in the country illegally.
- Providing plausible deniability to charges that they’re promoting another immigration amnesty.
- Incentivizing more immigration.
- Gaining bipartisan support by throwing enough dough in the direction of states whose senators are leaning towards supporting the bill.
or, more simply stated, re-election.