AS CONGRESS DITHERS
The Washington Post has a good editorial on how Congress is guilty of non-feasance when it comes to dealing with the need for a workable agricultural guest worker program and to legalize the estimated 75% of the agricultural work force that is in the US illegally.
The farmworkers are just one on a long list of immigration issues needing addressing including
- dealing with antiquated quotas for both family and employment-based legal immigrants
- border security that is inadequately funded
- a border entry process that is considered the world's worst and is keeping US tourism depressed despite an historically cheap US dollar
- an H-1B cap that was set nearly two decades ago for a much smaller US economy
- legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants who have been here since a young age and who are completely acculturated in to the US
- a black out on immigration of nurses despite overwhelming evidence of a catastrophic shortage of RNs in this country and, of course
- 12 million unauthorized immigrants who are vital to the economy and who are not going anywhere
"As Congress Dithers" could have been the title of many, many stories regarding immigration.