Where can we start?
On Wednesday, the president of the United States threw his support behind legislation that would limit some immigration to these shores by implementing something of a skills-based system. Imagine that: immigration policy that requires folks to speak English and have skills enough that they can contribute to their new country. In the recent past, immigration has been family-based instead of skillsbased.
Journalists in Washington say the legislation was “met with skepticism,” but isn’t most meaningful legislation? The papers also said the bill “faces an uphill battle” in Congress, but doesn’t every idea this president supports?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, the top Democrat in the Senate, Charles Schumer, says the immigration plan is a “non-starter.” It’s a wonder he didn’t rely on the old trusted “dead on arrival” phrase again.
If this plan is a non-starter, Senator, where can the country start? If there is going to be immigration reform, or reform of any kind, there must be a starting point. If the senator can offer anything except obstacles, then, to use another cliché, we’re all ears.