Illegal immigration is, while not a crisis, an issue that must be tended to, especially in California. There have been a few proposals to deal with the issue.
George W. Bush has drawn up the "work permit" plan. This would allow foreigners and illegal immigrants to obtain work permits and work legally in the United States for a certain amount of time. After, I believe, 6 years their work permit expires and they must obtain a green card through a background check or return home.
Arguments for this proposal say that it is a balanced approach. It does not offer amnesty while at the same time doesn't apply additional force in throwing illegal immigrants out. Arguments against the proposal say it's a plan that will spiral out of control and is an insult to legal immigrants.
There are definitely many pros and cons for this, but I personally agree with the work permit plan. It seems like a realistic plan that will benefit the economy while at the same keep the much welcomed labor in the country, which will now be legal and trackable (a definite plus for homeland security).
What are the short term and long term effects of this plan? Is this plan flexible enough to accomodate for necessary changes? Will this benefit Americans and immigrants alike?
And finally, a random smiley: :ionfish: