Their View: Prosperity in the Wild West of Immigration Reform

Silver City Sun-News
July 1, 2012

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has the potential to open the door to misguided and expensive state-based immigration proposals, and may increase the possibility of one-upmanship we have already seen in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and several other states who are vying for the title of least friendly to undocumented immigrants.

But this doesn’t have to be the case. Pragmatic and responsible state-based immigration reforms can make a difference for economies and prosperity while also spurring a much-needed federal overhaul of our nation’s outdated immigration laws.

Experience shows that local control of immigration reform can and often is a good thing, allowing cities and states to attract the workers and talent they need to power industry and innovation right here in America. Our neighbor to the north, Canada, allows each of its regions to designate workers based on the needs of local economies — needs that might include filling a nursing shortage, finding tech industry entrepreneurs, or recruiting experienced agricultural workers to pick valuable crops that must be harvested by hand.

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