Every year thousands of potential green cards vanish, like unused cellphone minutes. The huge backlogs in legal immigration, which span years or even decades for applicants from some countries, continue to fester. ...Relatedly, I noticed a fascinating recent suggestion by Alan Greenspan for bolstering the tumbling housing market. He says that expanding immigration for skilled workers would boost demand for homes and help prop up the economy, which when you think about it makes a lot of sense.
Teachers, nurses, engineers, researchers and other aspiring immigrants who follow the rules, file their paperwork, pay their fees and wait — and wait — get the chilly message that they are not wanted. Some of them feel great pressure to go illegally around the immigration system, instead of through it, as their wait to rejoin their loved ones becomes intolerable.
Friday, October 03, 2008
I'd be more sympathetic to the position of those who polemicize against illegal immigration if the same folks weren't typically indifferent to making legal immigration easier. The New York Times has an editorial making this point, that many folks who "rage against illegal immigrants ... are strangely uninterested in helping people who 'play by the rules' and 'wait in line.'” The Grey Lady's editorial board criticizes the fact that: