Friday, May 09, 2008

Deliberative Reform

I should have called the last post "Deliberative Reform."

"Comprehensive Reform" is the process where, every 30 years or so, Congress passes a massive bill that tries to set immigration policy for the next 30 years.

"Deliberative Reform" is the idea that Congress must address a problem each year. Rather than one big bill, Congress would address the immigration problem each year. They would pass separate bills that set the immigration quota, the temporary worker quota and a final bill that addresses humanitarian and law enforcement issues that popped up the previous year.

Going into a multi-year deliberative process would allow us to break the expectation of amnesty while giving us the ability address the immigration mess in a humane manner.

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