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The GOP And Immigration: Good Economics, But What About The Politics?

Published: Dec 18, 2012 10:00 am By: Doug Bandow

"The immigration system is bureaucratic, arbitrary, and complicated, with rigid and overlapping quotas, national lotteries, and 25 different visa categories and subcategories. Attempt to navigate the system and you are reminded of Dante’s inscription for Hell: “abandon hope all ye who enter here.”

The most politically charged issue is illegal immigration, primarily from Mexico. Around 11 million people are thought to be in the U.S. illegally. Those here illegally are less likely to integrate into the community, develop long-term economic skills, and fulfill other legal requirements, such as buy auto insurance. They also are more vulnerable to mistreatment. Moreover, the illegal route is unfair to foreigners who “play by the rules” seeking one of the limited number of legal slots."

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