Making It Worse

Borjas, George J.
February 2004
National Review;2/9/2004, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p24
The article comments on the proposed plan of the Bush administration for immigration reform. It has three key components. First, it legalizes the approximately 10 million illegal aliens now present in the U.S. by creating a new type of temporary-worker visa. This visa would have a term of three years and would be renewable an unspecified number of times. Second, these visas would be available to persons now living abroad who have been offered employment by an American employer. As the White House puts it, the plan would "match willing foreign workers with willing U.S. employers when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs." The implication is clear: Many American workers in many different industries will face direct competition from foreign workers. And third, the program would give temporary workers a path to permanent immigration by allowing them to apply for a green card. The Bush plan makes the fatal mistake of providing a form of amnesty to the existing illegal-alien population without addressing the problem of how to curtail future illegal immigration.


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