Voices for Immigration Reform Continued and Revisited
County Sheriff Scott Jones of Sacramento, CA, posted a YouTube video calling for Presidential action. He recognized that failure to realize timely immigration reform had resulted in unwanted casualty, such police officers killed by dangerous criminals. The striking similarity is in the core of Mr. Jones’, as in Governor Jeb Bush’s on Wall Street Journal. Both essentially make the argument that we need a more functional system to identify which immigrants are needed, due to their skills or backgrounds.
Following is Mr. Jones’ YouTube video:
Mr. Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp., also advocates sensible immigration reforms. Like Governor Bush, Mr. Murdoch, on June 18, 2014, shared his opinion on Wall Street Journal. Putting aside other stereotypes, reasonable readers should agree with his arguments. Mr. Murdoch essentially advocate the same argument as that of Governor Bush. Both argue that the United States needs immigrants of skills, work ethics and integrity to replenish its population.
Mr. Murdoch’s opinion can be summarized into two parts. First is the suggestions for areas of reform. There are two areas of reforms possible. H-1B quota should be abolished, in Mr. Murdoch’s opinion. Also, pathway to citizenship should be passed with care, so that non-criminal and working immigrants would pay full taxes and contribute to the U.S. economy.
Second is Mr. Murdoch’s prediction of the current political ice fire storm. His predicament is fairly accurate and precise:
“However, if Congress fails to even try to have this important debate, the president might feel tempted to act via executive order. I hope it doesn’t get to that point, given the furious political firestorm that would result.“
We are not there yet, and the worst as not occurred. Potential challenges in the Supreme Court or another government shutdown in December would be nightmares. Yet, these are not as bad as a deep sense of loss and purposelessness. Mr. Murdoch is right, as he rightly concludes,
“All the more reason, then, to recognize that the facts are on the side of reform, and democratic societies don’t advance when our elected officials act like seat-warmers.”
Reasonable citizens have already discerned this sense of loss. They sure hope, like Mr. Jones stated in the video, that real immigration reform will take place. Not just another talking point to fight over, but real changes for the better.
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