From the Washington Post:
A bipartisan task force will recommend today that the United States
overhaul its immigration system in response to national security
concerns, saying that the country should end strict quotas on
work-based immigrant visas to maintain its scientific, technological
and military edge.
"The continued failure to devise and implement a sound and
sustainable immigration policy threatens to weaken America's economy,
to jeopardize its diplomacy, and to imperil its national security,"
concluded an independent Council on Foreign Relations panel, co-chaired
by former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) and former Clinton White House
chief of staff Thomas V. "Mack" McLarty III.
"In the global competition to attract highly talented immigrants, the
United States must ensure that it remains the destination of first
choice," the group concluded, such as by minimizing restrictions on
scientific collaboration and permitting broader recruitment of
newcomers who bolster U.S. military capabilities. "America's long-term
security depends on maintaining its place as a world leader in science
The panel also recommended "earned legalization, not amnesty" for an
estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now living in the United
States, requiring those who wish to stay to work, pay taxes, learn
English, pass background checks, pay fines and wait their turn behind
What I like about this report is that it directly targets those who say we need protectionist immigration policies to help American workers. This report serves as a reminder that efforts to protect a relatively small (but vocal) group of workers (that's you, Programmers Guild and nursing unions) hurts the country as a whole and threatens our long term economic interests. Hopefully, Jeb Bush's involvement with this effort will sway some Republicans who are sitting on the fence.
The report can be found here.