You can tell that Jefferson lives in California! In the Midwest and Great Plains, where Dave and I live, immigration reform is a non-issue, mainly because we don’t see any immediate impact from it, unlike the border states of Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. Missouri voters, where I live, are more likely to vote in favor of popcorn reform than immigration reform (mandatory Orville Redenbacher popcorn in all theaters could have legislative support). With the realities of politics – and the desire to be elected – there’s no way that you will see any additional immigration reform, in my opinion. If there ever was to be immigration reform, it would probably only center around California and Arizona, as it would be an unpopular discussion in Texas and New Mexico. I was unaware of the Oklahoma laws, but I looked on Google and Jefferson is correct. My only question would be, all the articles are dated 2007 and talk about challenges in court that would shoot it down. Jefferson, do you know what happened with that? There’s no recent articles that I could find – the most recent was 2010 and still talked about lawsuits from the ACLU to rescind it.
Another hot topic (which my mother has kept me updated on) is the extreme shortage of home health aides in the U.S., which will literally need millions of additional workers to handle the baby boomers as they age. Nobody seems to want this work, and they can’t pay much more than minimum wage or the budgets collapse. My mother says that the current wisdom is that the U.S. will have to relax immigration to allow for the necessary workers to fuel this mandatory industry. She thinks it will herald the next wave of U.S. immigration, similar to the influx of immigrants used to supply the needs of American factories at the turn of the century. I have not read up on this issue, but it sounds reasonable.