"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,"
Texas State Capital -- This afternoon, the Texas Public Policy Foundation hosted Securing the Border: A Symposium on Solutions. The event followed last week's event identifying the problems. In hindsight, the event might have been better served with a more concrete and detailed discussion of border security, but it did a fantastic job highlighting solutions to fix our current immigration system that was designed by labor unions:
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
- Laura Collins (American Action Forum)
- Streamlined legal immigration (which, for the record, is a future-oriented policy, NOT AMNESTY for those currently here illegally) will alleviate stress on the border.
- Personal note: DUH!!!
- Border security is a component of sound economic policy.
- Not that anyone's proposing it, but mass deportations would contract the economy.
- Both components (border security and streamlined legal immigration) are necessary for sustanable reform.
- Sikha Dalma (Reason)
- No one trusts Washington.
- Current immmigration policy = Leninist central planning.
- The number of available visas isn't sufficient
- Washington's handling of immigration is designed to create shortages and lawlessness.
- Even as Obama attacks Arizona, his administration won't assist Utah's efforts to take in the illegals currently in Arizona.
- "Federalized" immigration policy (aka. the 10th amendment): Allow states to set their own policy.
- Mike Gonzalez (Heritage)
- Obama's foreign policy failures are exacerbating border problems.
- People have been bitching about immigration since the 1720's.
- Liberals don't understand the meaning of 'nation of immigrants.'
- Current immigration policy was designed by leftists and labor unions in the 1960's.
- Progressives want to convince immigrants government is benevolent
- Q and A:
- Without easier legal immigration, the bad guys will still figure out ways to get here but it'll hurt the people we want.
- Getting U.S. welfare benefits under control will alleviate a lot of these labor shortages, rendering a lot of the current immigration 'debate' irrelevant.
- We can have an orderly flow of immigrants or we can have a fortress.