De­bat­ing the Re­pub­li­can plan to re­duce le­gal im­mi­gra­tion to the U.S.

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Re: Robin Ku­pernik, Gary Hall,

“U.S. Se­nate im­mi­gra­tion bill; Dra­matic shift, cuts,” Aug. 3 news story.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s lat­est pro­posal to limit the num­ber of le­gal im­mi­grants who come to our county is at best mis­guided, and at worst would have dire eco­nomic and moral con­se­quences for our na­tion. In­stead of lim­it­ing le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, we should be cre­at­ing a path to cit­i­zen­ship for the young adults who were brought over as chil­dren and who are now contributing mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties.

In prepa­ra­tion for a pos­si­ble re­peal of DACA pro­tec­tion, sev­eral bi­par­ti­san ef­forts have emerged in Congress to bring back the Dream Act. This would pro­vide such a le­gal path­way and would give the com­plain­ers ex­actly what they’ve been de­mand­ing — a con­gres­sional so­lu­tion for le­gal cit­i­zen­ship.

The Dream Act would strengthen our econ­omy, and would be in align­ment with Amer­ica’s val­ues of wel­com­ing those who want to work and are law abid­ing. Sen. Cory Gard­ner should join his col­league Sen. Michael Ben­net in sup­port­ing such a bi­par­ti­san ef­fort. ●●● “Trump’s curb on im­mi­gra­tion,” Aug. 5 let­ter to the edi­tor. Let­ter-writer Philip S. Con­nolly com­pares two dif­fer­ent worlds. Sixty years ago, when Con­nolly em­i­grated from Ire­land, the pop­u­la­tion of the U.S. was about 172 mil­lion. To­day it is about twice that. Sixty years ago the U.S. could ab­sorb the low-skilled work­ing their way up the lad­der. To­day we have an abun­dance of the low-skilled and a short­age of the highly skilled.

In 1957, there were two su­per­pow­ers, drugs were not a prob­lem, and tech­nol­ogy had not changed the la­bor mar­ket. Per­haps the big­gest change has been in the pol­i­tics of le­gal vs. il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. At some point the mass of refugees quits be­ing em­i­grants and be­comes in­vaders.

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