Concerns About the Immigration Bill
By Arnold Kling
Unskilled Immigrants + Large Welfare State = Higher Taxes
I would add
Congress + Hundreds of Legislative Pages = Unintended Consequences Up the Wazoo
I don’t know what the consequences of the law will be, but I suspect that, even though I am a big fan of bringing in more immigrants, I would not like the bill if I read it. Brian Doherty gives a few hints.
From Sec. 1547: “Any person who–(1) knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws; or (2) knowingly misrepresents the existence or circumstances of a marriage….shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.” The investigation and ferreting out of the true, deep-down, for-real emotional meaning and circumstances of a marriage is a widely felt need in American’s private lives; seems a shame to restrict it to “green card marriages.” There’s always the next Comprehensive Act.
Just to be clear–Doherty’s comments in the latter part of the paragraph are sarcastic. He has other examples in his essay.