Regular readers of this blog know that there are very few areas in which I agree with George W. Bush. Immigration reform is one of those few--not that we're in absolute agreement, but I think he's right that at the very least we need a guest worker program (if not an open border policy) as opposed to the idea that House Republicans just passed making illegal immigration a felony. I wonder if the supporters of that idea have actually considered what it would do to our court and prison systems? The flood is not going to stop because we make the immigrants felons--it will just add another million or so cases a year to the already overwhelmed justice system. Who pays for all that? Who pays to build a prison the size of New York City in which to confine them? We can't even seem to rebuild New Orleans for people who are already Americans.
As long as the Mexican economy is weak and American employers will hire Mexican immigrants, they will come. Criminalizing them instead of simply returning them to the border only slams the taxpayers. Obviously, picking them up and returning them to the border doesn't work either, as they keep trying. Better, I think, that we have a system for knowing who is here, for how long, and put the emphasis on the borders on keeping out drugs and criminals/terrorists.