Treating the Symptoms

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 17:42

Deferred Action for young people who were bought to the United States as minors is an important fix to one of the ugly consequences of our bad immigration policy.

But it doesn't change the fact that we have a bad immigration policy. It's like a doctor treating a fever but not treating the cause of the fever. In the case of undocumented immigration the cause is an unrealistic immigration policy based on outdated assumptions and driven by, easy to stir up, xenophobic fears of "those people." Until our voting public starts to see that a steady flow of new immigrants is good for our country, the immigrants and the world we will be stuck with a this unrealistic immigration policy. And people of goodwill like President Obama will have to treat the problems caused by the bad policy as best they can.

The good news is that the anti-immigrant reaction to President Obama's Deferred Action policy has been much more muted than the reaction to past immigration fights. We may be reaching the tipping point.

Peter Drucker, the creator of Management by Objectives argued that when a system requires constant tinkering to keep it viable it is time to examine the underlying assumptions of the system. Certainly our immigration system requires constant tinkering and one of it's basic assumptions is that we can control who moves in. But why? Shouldn't people have the right to move where they chose, as long as they are not a burden? Think about it.