My Brief Analysis of the Two Bills

I’m not an economist, but this is how I see the general ideas behind the two opposing bills. Illegal immigration is a problem in this country, I haven’t met anyone who disagrees with that statement (though if you do, please present your ideas, I’d like to consider new arguments). The question seems to be about how to fix the problem.

If we think of Illegal immigration as a variable in a very simple arithmetic formula, I think we can think more clearly about it. The number of people who immigrate illegally to the United States is simply the number of people left after subtracting the number of visas and deterred non-immigrants from the number of immigrant workers demanded by the U.S. labor market. A formula could be created like this: l – v – d = i, where l is the number of laborers demanded, v is the number of visas issued, d is the number of would-be immigrants who do not migrate because of U.S. deterrents (border patrol, etc.), and i is the number of immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally.

Given this straightforward understanding, the House bill seems to want to decrease the number of illegal immigrants by increasing the number of non-immigrants deterred from migrating, while the Senate bill seems to want to decrease the number of illegal immigrants by increasing the number of visas given.

I, of course, think that increasing visa limits is the proper and urgent approach to the current problem. Eventually, I believe we should return to the belief in the “Inherent and inalienable right of man [and woman] to change his [and her] home and allegiance.”

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