I came across an insightful piece on WisOpinion.com written by Jim Klauser, Secretary of Administration under former Gov. Tommy Thompson and former Wisconsin chairman of the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. Klauser strongly believes that immigration reform should “protect and secure our borders while still allowing for the free movement of trade.”
Here is an excerpt from his op-ed:
First and foremost, we are a nation of immigrants. I am a first generation American; my parents and grandparents were immigrants. I am proud of my German-American ethnic background and what these immigrants accomplished. We must always ensure we have a welcoming immigration system that can attract and retain foreign talent, whether they are agricultural workers or skilled workers graduating from American universities. Our economy depends on an influx of foreign workers, and we must never deter this important facet of our population.
Unfortunately, our current immigration system is far too slow to respond to requests, fails to follow visa holders through expiration and turns away high and low skilled workers far too often. A temporary worker visa program will encourage the flow of labor in and out of our country and can be expedited to respond to spikes in industry demand or with agricultural seasons here in Wisconsin.
As for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in this country, it is simply not feasible to deport each and every one, nor desirable. Offering the ability to achieve earned legal status will encourage undocumented workers to come forward, pass a background check, pay a fine, and learn our language and culture. We should not offer these people amnesty; instead we can provide an accessible platform to earned legalization and become productive members of our society.
You can read his whole op-ed here.