It’s a plan for an entirely different economic reality than we face today, that offers no concessions to the needs of domestic labor. I’m sure it’d be great for wall street and the chamber of commerce to grant them immunity from the rules rank and file workers have to follow. But that is just another way of using the government to pick winners and losers. Don’t like “class warfare”? Then how about don’t declare war on my class, because I will fight back, with any and all means at my disposal. It’s not like I have a lot to lose, at this point. The IRS already says that my taxes should be 1600%. That’s not a typo, I mean one thousand six hundred percent. What’s your immigration plan gonna do about that?
So you don’t have a plan. There’s no way this idea ever becomes law short of revolution. Too many vested interests in the status quo. Even if it does, I don’t see how it would help much, if any at all. Maybe a small percentage of illegals would use it.
The fact that nobody involved wants it. Not the government, not the businesses, not the illegals. All of them are perfectly happy with the status quo. The enforcement agencies get to wring their hands and not do their jobs while demanding broader powers and bigger budgets. Politicians get a splashy, divisive issue that gives them plenty of soundbite opportunities while they wring their hands and demand broader powers and bigger budgets. Businesses get access to cheaper labor than they would have if they were following the rules. The illegals receive greater net benefits than they would under the rules.
You keep ignoring the fact that immigration status is only one small part of the problem. People who break fifty laws this week for profit will probably break forty nine next week to make the same profit. No amount of immigration ‘reform’ will do a diddly dog-gone thing without full, fair and evenhanded enforcement, and enforcement begins with gaining some measure of control over our borders. (No, scratch that: enforcement actually begins with cleaning out the enforcement agencies and getting rid of officers who refuse to do the job, but the point stands.)
As far as “farmers” go: there is no more subsidized industry in America, and the system is rife with abuse. The “small family farm” is almost entirely a myth, at this point. Those that are not owned outright by Con-Agra, ADM or Monsanto or their subsidiaries are more or less vassals to them. I forget the exact number but iirc upwards of 80% of farm subsidy payments are delivered to Upper Manhattan. (Not many small family farms, there, I’m guessing.) “Farm enterprises”, in government parlance, are almost entirely a fiction designed to a) shelter profits from taxes and b) get subsidy checks.
The whole farm thing is a red herring, though: How does legitimizing immigration status impact the trade in black market labor services?
EDIT: Having a problem with quote tags. Hope it’s fixed now
EDIT 2: Readable, but not fixed… Help?
EDIT 3 (by Fantasy Chaser): Both the opening and closing quote tags need to be on their own line. One looked like it was in the edit, but when I put the cursor behind it and hit “enter,” the real-time preview showed it appearing the way it should. There was also an extra quote tag that I imagine was generated when you trying to fix it. I think I got it sorted out.