TED Conversations

Robert Winner


This conversation is closed.

Immigration Reform

It would be good to skip the political debate of is it good or bad.

The question is : If we are to have immigration reform what should it include.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the senators will call for accomplishing four goals:

—Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.

—Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.

—Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants in the future, including requiring prospective workers to verify legal status and identity through a non-forgeable electronic system.

—Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.

We need to address the entitlements such as social security without ever paying into the system and other entitlements.

What would you like included.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Jan 31 2013: I am especially concerned about the children of illegal immigrants. I have taught many bright, hard-working students who could not afford college or qualify for aid because they were not citizens, a situation not of their own doing. I would like to see something in place that would help these students and their parents become citizens more quickly than current law allows.
    • thumb
      Jan 31 2013: Alan, Your right. As the saying goes, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste". However, a valid argument can be made that my children have less opportunity to go to college than those children ... with the quotas, dream act, and all sorts of minority programs. Does that sound harsh to you. Why would I want my money to go tho those who do not contribute while my kids will not receive the same opportunities.

      Also what about the millions who have applied to become citizens through the channels and in accordance with the law from countries all over the world. Are they less worthy of being educated ... are they being punished because the followed the rules ... because now the immigration quota numbers will be totally skewed and the line will be longer.

      Alan I played the devils advocate above. The real problem I see is that this whole issue is about politics and garnering votes. This does not solve the problem, it simply is an admission that the latino vote has become a factor in politics. If we took the emotions and the politics out of this issue the answers are really quite simple. I invite you to look at the laws of Mexico on this same subject .... extremely harsh, but yet the Mexican government tells the world how heartless the Americanos are. Bleeding hearts are killing us.

      Thanks for the reply.

      I wish you well. Bob.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.