A Blueprint for Immigration Reform"
Do yourself a favor one day, find a video of Jordan and listen to her speak. She was amazing.
The CIS article tells us, "It was generally known as the Jordan Commission, named for the late
Barbara Jordan, the powerful woman who served the longest period as the
Commission's chairwoman. The Jordan Commission, unlike the current White
House, took its time to do its work, and decided, unanimously, that
there was no need for an alien legalization program. Its work was summed
up in these words:
The credibility of immigration policy can be measured by a
simple yardstick: people who should get in, do get in; people who
should not get in are kept out; and people who are judged deportable are
required to leave.2"
The detailed and thoughtful recommendations in the Commission's 1997 final report,3
called for the nation to:
- Integrate the immigrants now in the United States more thoroughly;
- Reduce the total number of legal immigrants to about 550,000 a year;
- Rationalize the nonimmigrant visa programs and regulate them;
- Enforce the immigration law vigorously with no further amnesties; and
- Re-organize the management of the immigration processes within the government.
- Reduce annual immigration into the United States from its current
1.2 million to between 300,000 and 550,000 people.
- Rework trade and foreign aid policies to improve conditions for people
in our major immigration sender countries.
- Mandate the use of E-verify for all new hires and enforce serious penalties
on employers who hire workers illegally.
- Avoid any expansion of "guest worker" programs.
When asked why there is a large illegal population in the country,
voters overwhelming (71 percent) thought it was because we had not made a
real effort to enforce our immigration laws. Only 18 percent said it
was because we were not letting in enough immigrants legally.