May 31, 2011
Immigration is energized by push-and-pull forces. For most immigrants entering the United States, the push is poverty in their homelands, while the pull is a better standard of living just across the border.
The Obama administration’s promises of universal healthcare, free education, social welfare benefits, economic entitlements, and immigration reform exert a powerful pull on immigrants — legal and illegal — from around the globe.
Many U.S. voters, including immigrants, cast their ballots for “change” in the November 2008 election. The current linkage of immigration to federal subsidies surely means “change” but not necessarily for the better.