Friday, 13 September 2013

Large Scale Changes to Follow After the New Immigration Bill Takes Wings

The fallout of the new immigration Bill in the US can be multifarious in its future impact. After the Congress legalizes the Bill more-than 11 million immigrants will go mainstream. In the next step, the family reunification criteria may be tightened.

One need not be surprised, if in the near future, immigration policies in the United States will be tilted to high-skilled immigration as a very liberalized policy, in a way never happened before. A large-scale guest-worker program will also come in. Chances are that it may further militarize Mexican as well as Canadian borders. Serious workplace controls can come in affecting all those who are looking for a job.

In a sense the current immigration policy in the US would have been different had President Bush had his way in 2007. He made good efforts to fix the immigration system but failed. Bush could not even carry his own party men with him at a time Democrats were pretty irrelevant. The Republican Party faced great opposition from its insurgent Tea Party movement and populist-right conservatives. They opposed any kind of comprehensive immigration reform until all the undocumented immigrants are forced out and the borders closed.

Divided Discourse

The Public discourse on immigration reform is divided. The issue of illegal immigration has many opponents arguing that undocumented immigrants are an economic drain while others call it a driver of economic boon even as many argue that undocumented workers take away jobs that would have otherwise gone to local American workers. Some others argue that illegal workers are doing this work that native Americans are not willing to undertake.

To Be Efficient

Many experts say that legal immigration has to be made efficient to deter illegal immigration and attract skilled foreign workers, but the debate over illegal immigration enforcement has blocked progress on broader reform. But most Americans think the U.S. immigration system is in need of reform and a Gallup poll found had only 36 percent of Americans feeling happy with the current immigration into the United States.

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