Ben Franklin flickers in McCain’s Immigration Bill

22May07

…so observes New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks, when cross-referencing the Founding Father’s reverence for virtue and civic duty with the bill’s portal to good citizenship. He writes:

Aspiring immigrants would learn, from an early age, what sort of person the U.S. is looking for. In a break from the current system, this bill awards visas on a merit-based points system that rewards education, English proficiency, agricultural work experience, home ownership and other traits. Potential immigrants would understand that the U.S. is looking for people who can be self-sufficient from the start, and they’d mold themselves to demonstrate that ability.

However, the bill’s authors (applying the skeptical zeal of our forefathers) don’t rest the success of immigration reform solely on goodwill or good conscience. Mechanisms for law and order are woven into its 1,000 page core:

The Senate bill reduces that incentive for lawlessness. If you think it is light on enforcement, read the thing. It would not only beef up enforcement on the border, but would also create an electronic worker registry. People who overstay their welcome could forfeit their chance of being regularized forever.

To read Brooks’ entire and enlightening column, New York Times subscriber’s can click here.

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