Thursday, March 5, 2009

Boswell on True Immigration Reform

Richard Boswell has published an article titled, Crafting True Immigration Reform, 35 William Mitchell L. Rev. 7 (2008). While stopping short of advocating open borders, Richard proposes a three-pronged modification of the existing family- and employment-based immigration systems:

First, there must be a mechanism to bring as many of those who are living in the underground shadows into some type of legal status where they are less vulnerable to being victimized and more likely to cooperate with law enforcement. Second, we must reduce the incentives to join the ranks of the undocumented by addressing the forces that make people move in the first place. Third, we must create a system for legal migration that preserves family unification for immigrants and fills occupations for which workers are not in sufficient supply.

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