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A majority of Americans support the key provisions in the bill. Is there a disconnect here?

From NY Times:

Taking a pragmatic view on a divisive issue, a large majority of Americans want to change the immigration laws to allow illegal immigrants to gain legal status and to create a new guest worker program to meet future labor demands, the poll found.

At the same time, Americans have mixed feelings about whether the recent wave of immigration has been beneficial to the country, the survey found, and they are sharply divided over how open the United States should be to future immigrants.

Half of Americans say they are ready to transform the process for selecting new immigrants as proposed in the bill, giving priority to job skills and education levels over family ties to the United States, which have been the foundation of the immigration system for four decades.

Point by point, large majorities expressed support for measures in the legislation that has been under debate since Monday in the Senate.

Honestly, I think we just need to get something passed so we can fix it later. Of course this is earned amensty, but since we’re not going to be able to kick out 10% of our workforce we’ll either have to get these people legal and have them start paying more taxes, or we continue to do next to nothing and hope that it’ll fix itself.

Of course I want real border protection first, but the time to take some action and do what is possible is upon us.

And by the way, to the Dems who don’t like the guest worker program because it’ll create a “lower class” of citizen…well…they’re defacto slaves right now. This is a step up, and while not perfect, I’m sure they’d take that over what they have right now.

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  1. It comes down to this: the bill has serious flaws (although there may be disagreement over what exactly they are). But the current “system” is so horrible that even a bad bill could represent an improvement. And this isn’t really a bad bill (any compromise is going to include bad spots); it’s just not a particularly good one. Which means it ought to get passed ASAP — then we can fix it next month.

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