July 29, 2005


Hastert eyes immigration (Stephen Dinan, July 29, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said yesterday his chamber will work to produce an immigration bill this year, even as the White House signaled a new emphasis on immigration law enforcement as part of selling President Bush's proposal.

The Illinois Republican placed immigration near the top of the list of priorities when Congress returns from its August recess, just below the must-pass spending bills and just before Social Security. He said any immigration bill must mix enforcement, a program for new foreign workers an

President Bush blundered by not selling immigration reform as primarily about national security and "closing" the borders. But now congressional Republicans can put together essentially the same package, add a few anti-immigration bells ansd whistles, and the White House can pretend reluctance and the whole thing slides right by the nativists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 29, 2005 9:45 AM

Any immigration plan had better include fixing the INS, one of the most dysfunctional departments in the US govt.

Posted by: Gideon at July 29, 2005 9:56 AM

Just get rid of it

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2005 10:05 AM

Immigration bills don't mean very much. The borders are barely policed and that never changes. This bills just introduce new forms for people to fill out.

Posted by: Brandon at July 29, 2005 12:12 PM

The INS throws a huge roadblock in front of legal immigrants and student visa applicants, the smart young people who are the tomorrow's scientists and business founders.

One of the big benefactors of China. 70% of Chinese grad students used to stay in the US to do scientific research or start new companies. Today, thanks to the post-9/11 application procedures of the INS, it is down to something like 30%. The rest return home to China and take their talents home with them.

Posted by: Gideon at July 29, 2005 1:17 PM

The Chinese system just grinds them up though. In mathematics, for example, they come to the States are generally superb in areas where a lot of memorization is required but not a lot of original thought, such as real analysis. But upon exposure to American freedoms, lots become brilliant in areas like applied math or combinatorics or algebra which require much more creativity. They become significantly better mathematicians than they would if they stayed home in the PRC, merely recapitulating what their instructors order them to.

Closing our borders to them hurts us less than it hurts China, but most of all it hurts those kids who come here to study.

As for the INS, I don't understand why we can't use bar codes, retinal scans and DNA based identifiers to keep people out. If you're not in the system, you're illegal and you get deported, no due process becomes necessary.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 11:17 AM