Immigration ideas need specifics

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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The Register-Guard’s Jan. 12 editorial called for a “big fix” to the immigration issues facing the United States but didn’t give any specific suggestions.

How many legal immigrants would the editors let in each year — the million or so that we do now? Or a more realistic and very generous 200,000 — many more than other developed countries?

Or would the editors make the annual number depend on the unemployment rate — like maybe 200,000 now, going up to 500,000 when the unemployment rate drops below, say, 6 percent? Would they stop chain migration and just let in “brains” and entrepreneurs (counting and including immediate family only)?

And what would the editors say to the millions of citizens who can’t find a job and face cheap immigrant competition? How about some specifics?