IMMIGRATION: THE PIVOTAL ISSUE FOR THE GOP – DICK MORRIS TV: LUNCH ALERT!
By Dick Morris 09.24.2011
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In this video commentary, I discuss how the dominating issue for the GOP primaries has now become immigration. Not jobs, not the economy. Immigration. Why? What’s the answer? What are its political ramifications?
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Summarizing Dick Morris’ points:
(1) employer sanctions
(2) guest worker
(3) easy national id card
As a little L libertarian, I disagree with the underlying premise — that there is such a thing as “illegal immigration” or that the whole focus is on the wrong thing.
What’s wrong with attracting peaceful people who want to come here to work?
I guess Dick would put a giant black plastic garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty!
Perhaps, we should seek to get to the root?
We have always “welcomed” immigration. OK, maybe not so welcoming, but tolerating it. We recognized that more workers means more productivity. The transcontinental railroad was built on the bodies of Chinese and Irish immigrants.
The key issue is welfare.
No one wants to subsidize freeloaders. By “illegal immigrants” or native-born freeloaders. (We could also stand to eliminate the corporate welfare queens as well at the same time.
Now, the crime issue that Dick alludes to has it’s roots in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and that “illegal immigrants” can be taken advantage of. That can be fixed by legalizing drugs and letting the free market apply itself to the problem. And, by a better green card system.
I’d OPEN the borders. When a NEW immigrant, or even a temporary guest worker, shows up at the border crossing, if I were “King”, there’d be a very simple entry process. Take fingerprints and DNA for a database and a high speed directory look up, criminals get arrested. A quick physical for dangerous communicable diseases. And, issue them a “green card” and a Taxpayer Identification Number. Have them watch a short welcome to the USA and send them on their way. (Maybe we could make a couple of bucks from Visa signing them up for a credit card and WalMart recruiting them for their stores. You get the idea.)
I’d also reduce the minimum wage to zero.
No employer sanctions needed. No “guest worker” program; just easy entry without welfare. No national id card required.
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