Seems to be a political ploy to steal another idea from Dems. Doubtful that anything will be done about it. Corps. like things the way they are: Cheap labor, no benefits.
This doesnt make any sense to me. You say that its just a ploy and so nothing will be done about it, because the corps like things the way they are now: cheap labour. But wouldnt an increase of immigration, temporary work schemes and everything, supply more
cheap labour, and thus be a good thing for the corporations - which would thus make it more likely that something will
be done about it?
Bush has been talking about doing this since the 2000 elections, by the way - so its not exactly an opportunistic steal-the-Dems'-ideas last-minute move. But, like the article notes, the aftermath of 9/11 threw a spanner in the works there, for a long time.
My theory is that the Reps keep themselves in a deadlock about this one. I think Bush would sincerely like to do a big immigration reform - precisely because it is
good for business. And whereas there's been little in the ways of a big plan in Bush's economic policies, his absolute loyalty to business interest has never been in doubt. Plus he's had an eye on shifting the Hispanics into the Rep zone since 2000. Thing is, if he really does do it, he gets in trouble with the conservative and semi-xenophobic wings of his party. And he needs the determined foot soldiers those wings lend to his re-election campaign as much as he needs some cross-over into the Hispanic vote.
My prediction therefore is: he'll publicize his intention
to draft a "far-reaching immigration reform" after the elections, and campaign with that declaration of intent among Hispanics, outlining in broad brush-strokes how much easier it will make life for their kin - while refusing to actually commit himself to much any of the specifics of the proposed reform, so that he can still reassure the conservatives while the campaign lasts. And then we'll see after the elections which wing or instinct takes the upper hand.
In any case I'm with Cecilia Muñoz of La Raza on this one: "As long as we get results, we're not going to be picky about the motive."