Startup Act 2.0: Could It Be An Immigration Breakthrough?

The Christian Science Monitor
June 7, 2012

Forget the border fence or allusions to the American dream – if you want reforms of the nation’s immigration policy, talk about jobs.

Talk, in other words, about the Startup 2.0 Act.

If a gridlocked Congress is to make headway on modernizing US immigration policy, it may be by fighting for reforms because of their economic imperatives rather than getting bogged down in highly charged cultural or moral debates.

“For too long we’ve been arguing immigration policy from the extremes, border security on one side and amnesty on the other side, in a debate about emotions,” says John Feinblatt, chief policy adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “What it needs to be is a debate about economics.”

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