Issues in International Political Economy - Mean-Spirited Features of U.S. Immigration Policy - May 2007, Number 89
May 15, 2007
Debate on immigration legislation is taking place in the U.S. Congress as this essay is being written. Although the president sent talking points to Congress, he has never provided a legislative proposal. This permits him to bob and weave as the sentiment in his own party unfolds—and just about all the moves he has taken recently are to the right and increasingly tough on undocumented immigrants. There are so many punitive points in the White House talking points and in subsequent under-the-table concessions to the far right in his own party that perhaps the best outcome is to leave bad enough alone for now lest we make things worse.