Here’s a helpful analogy. Think of a two-lane country road with a 20 MPH speed limit. Over time it grows to an eight-lane divided highway, with multiple cloverleaves, on-ramps, side roads, and even HOV lanes. But the speed limit is still 20 MPH. Naturally, everyone breaks the law and speeds. To enforce the 20 MPH limit, you’d need a traffic cop every 50 feet. You could do it, if you had an unlimited budget for traffic cops. But why? The rational answer is to raise the speed limit to match the road and traffic conditions. Then you’d need a traffic cop only every few miles, if that.Immigration enforcement will be "most effective - and least expensive," he argues, "when our immigration laws look like they were written in the 21st century, rather than the 19th."
Our immigration laws are like that country road-turned-superhighway. The “speed limits” - meaning the visa quotas and categories - were designed a long time ago and have not kept up with the way people live, work, study, travel and love.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Why 'securing the border first' is backwards
From Dan Kowalski, Austin immigration attorney and editor of Benders Immigration Bulletin: