Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Enterprises had a good political post in the Wall Street Journal this morning on the need for the Republicans to get going on immigration, and we couldn’t agree more. Mr. Puzder probably has good reason to support immigration; his company owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, probably two fairly major immigrant employers.
However, there are business needs in expanding immigration besides the usual suspects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
1. In this era of terrorists coming across a borders, we need to find out more about the immigrants: who they are, where they are coming from, where they’re going, and what they plan to do when they get to where they’re going. Put it all in a database.
2. Yes, they should all get in line, and those who arrived illegally should pay a nominal fine, say $1,000, for having not previously registered. Yes, we should deport the criminals, but only on evidence of a crime.
3. Dispense with the quotas. Let ’em all in. In addition to the STEM preerences, we should give precedence to those who have a trade, such as plumbing, machining (especially tool and die workers). The market is self-correcting; once we get enough folks, they’ll stop coming or be reduced in numbers.
4. If they do it the right way, give them a provisional green card, maybe the real thing with a half-tone “P” on it.
So, politicians, let’s get on with it. The Dems already support immigration, although there’s no reason to do it through illegal executive orders. Let Co