May 29, 2007

I’VE WRITTEN BEFORE that the real immigration crime is how legal immigrants are treated. Here’s another example. “Leaders of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rejected key changes because ending huge immigration backlogs nationwide would rob the agency of application and renewal fees that cover 20 percent of its $1.8 billion budget, according to the plan’s author, agency ombudsman Prakash Khatri.”

One reason that legal immigrants are treated badly is that they have no power. I think we should change the policy to adjust incentives by simply allowing each newly-minted citizen to fire one federal employee upon becoming a citizen. This would encourage politeness and efficiency . . .

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