Thursday, July 11, 2013

A thought about the immigration bill.

Republicans are expected to approach immigration reform from their conservative ideology. Democrats approach it from their progressive ideology. I see ideology as a shortcut to reaching conclusions when the right answer is beyond our analytic reach, at least in real time.

The Congressional Budget Office does its best to provide a factual and sound theoretical basis for understanding the implications of the proposed legislation. Ideally, negotiation between the Republicans and Democrats, both informed by data and economic theory, should result in better law than either ideology alone.

"The ideal is the enemy of the good." No immigration law will be perfect. But not doing anything in a fruitless search for perfection is worse than accepting a good bill.

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