Jindal fed-up with botched immigration: ‘Time to get this done’


In a Tuesday National Review Online editorial, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is himself the son of Indian immigrants, observed that Congress is in the process of “botching immigration” reform — all over again.

He began by describing himself as “an unapologetic advocate for immigration,” and sees immigration as being “crucial for the health and growth of our nation,” in his NRO commentary.

Jindal notes that while the current immigration system is broken and in need of reform, “it’s so troublesome to see Washington in the process of botching immigration reform for the umpteenth time.”

He wrote that while he wants to see real solutions:

that’s not what Washington’s current approach seeks. The problem begins with bad motives. Politically craven electoral concerns and the interests of big businesses and unions should not drive legislation. Washington as usual is focused on what’s good for political parties, instead of focusing on what’s right for America.

As a result, we “end up with another thousand-page bill full of pork, regulations, and new powers for bureaucrats to manage the economy.” He calls it another Obamacare bill, that’s so bloated and unwieldy as to be unworkable.

After tacking on one amendment after another to satisfy the interests of individual senators, the Democrats “are pushing a pork-laden Big Government power grab and hoping to demonize the Republican party in the process.”

The result is a Democrat win-win. If Republicans reject it for obvious reasons, they get demonized in 2014. If, however, it passes, the Democratic party gets millions of new voters.

Jindal suggests a baby-step approach, saying “it needs to be done in stages,” and that “an all-or-nothing approach will likely yield what it usually yields — nothing.”

Jindal then lays those stages out into three simple baby-steps.

Step one is to secure the border. This is nothing new, and lawmakers on both sides of the isle have acknowledged this for decades.

Step two is to provide some sort of legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who arrived here illegally, but only after the borders are secure. They should be barred from receiving public entitlements such as welfare or food stamps, and those who commit crimes should be deported.

As for those who arrived illegally who want to gain full citizenship, Jindal opines they must be “willing to gain proficiency in English, pay a fine, and demonstrate a willingness to assimilate,” by requiring “them to work here and pay taxes for a substantial period of time after obtaining legal status.” Only then should they even “begin the process of applying for U.S. citizenship.”

Once the first two steps have been taken care of, his third would be to “increase legal immigration, by a lot.”

His rationale for step three is that “we need to stop educating the world’s best and brightest engineers and scientists and then upon graduation kick them out of the country so they can compete with us and create growth and wealth in other countries.”

Jindal concludes, “It’s time to get this done.” I couldn’t agree more.


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