Finding common ground towards immigration reform: Ferg with Bill Lumaye

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I appreciate the willingness of Bill Lumaye (pictured) of News Radio WPTF to engage with this issue, and prior to me he had on an illegal immigrant from the NC Dream Team. My main assertion was that loud voices from various factions and the heavy focus on the DREAM Act tend to obscure the fact that there is actually plenty of common ground within the United States on immigration policy.

Most Americans acknowledge that increased immigration strengthens the nation. Additionally, if they were to examine the legal immigration process—or experience it personally—they would also acknowledge that it is problematic, and the strong presence of illegals in the United States is a symptom of a misguided system.

That opens the door for reform towards open immigration that welcomes immigrants legally, akin to the freedom Puerto Ricans have had for more than a century now. That would reduce the scope of federal engagement to one of national security only, rather than the prevailing maze of industry central planning and bureaucracy.

Written by

Fergus Hodgson

Director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, policy advisor with The Future of Freedom Foundation, and host of The Stateless Man radio show on the Overseas Radio Network. Although born in New Zealand, he now bases himself in the United States. You can follow him on twitter @FergHodgson (en español @Fergusito).

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