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Reading The Fine Print, Part 6: And The Grand Total Is?

Sunday, May 20, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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I do not love thee, Dr Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell;
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not love thee, Dr Fell.

 

Title V “IMMIGRATION BENEFITS” is beyond the comprehension of a nonspecialist. What is clear is that the law is reshuffling the deck of get-out-of-jail-free cards, and the total number of visas it authorizes over the next few years –above and beyond the Y Nonimmigrant Visas and the Z Visas for illegals already in the country– is impossible for a layman to calculate.

But it is certainly a very high number.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bad policy. On pages 240 to 241is an interesting grid of the point system that drives the “Merit-based Immigrant” visas, and which, for examples greatly prefers M.D.s and MBA’s over high school diploma holders (20 points for the former, 6 points for the latter.) High grades on Enlgish proficiency tests also provide a huge pop to the merit application, which will certainly increase the demand for ESL teachers in certain parts of the world.

But does this reshuffling make sense in the overall scheme? Impossible to say because the sponsors of the bill did not include the sort of guide that laymen must have in order to understand the tradeoffs.

Thus Title V is another exhibit in the argument of why this bill should not be scheduled for debate until supporting materials and analyses have been developed by specialists –which means at least a couple of weeks delay before Senate consideration.

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