While I agree that the flow may be here to stay, I disagree with Sebastian's method of stopping it - the auction (I presume to would-be immigrants) of rights to come here. Why on earth would this stop anyone who wished to come here, if the laws weren't enforced and they were able to find work, as they are now? If they couldn't afford it, they'd simply ignore the auction process, as they do existing laws. Then, too, who would decide the "price" and how many slots to auction off? If any "auction" were to take place, I believe it should be to companies who wish to import labor. I totally agree that our immigration laws need reform, but I also believe that the major sticking point in doing so is that industries that benefit most from illegal immigration do not want it stopped. We've seen increased use of legal mechanisms for importing unskilled labor using H-2 visas in light of prominent enforcement efforts against major companies. I believe that this is the route to go, along with the possibility of companies sponsoring unskilled workers for a green card - with appropriate proofs of need and stiff financial requirements, and stiff enforcement of laws for those who hire illegally.
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