With unemployment hovering around 9 percent, some have argued that if we could just “deal with” (read: “round up and ship out” or “starve out”) undocumented immigrants, there would be enough jobs to go around. After all, they’re taking up jobs that citizens would be happy to do, right? Well, not exactly.
The rub is that enforcement-only immigration policies do not solve real problems, even if such policies make the hard-liners feel better about life. Too often, enforcement-only policies just make matters worse. Read more