Thursday, April 20, 2006

Law professors, I preempt thee: how about de-federalizing immigration law? Pass federal legislation devloving it to the states, as they do in Canada (at least for Quebec) and deal with the race-to-the-bottom fear by restricting movement of people admitted under state law across state borders. You could give each state X number of visas/year to play with; maybe make it proportional to existing population, maybe not. New York and California will get the educated folks in short supply here at home; Maine and places like it can escape the French low-population-growth trap and get a real economy again; Alabama can continue "the pro-family policies, Southern heritage, evangelical Christianity, and other blessings of our great state."

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