Apparently GOP Senators are getting a lot of angry calls from restrictionists this week. Shouldn’t be a surprise, but Senators are saying that they did not expect this passionate reaction. I expected it, the press expected it, why would the Senators be surprised by it?

The restrictionists do not want any benefits whatsoever to be offered to undocumented aliens. Even though most rational folks admit that all 12 million cannot be deported, they recommend “starving” the undocumented by cutting off jobs and health benefits. I guess that would mean greater employer enforcement and hospitals refusing to treat the sick. These suggestions are nonsense.

Let’s hope that our Senators have the brains and the courage to not get derailed by a loud minority. It is clear from the 2006 mid-term elections and recent polling that most Americans support a path to earned legalization for the undocumented. Most of the immigration hardliners in 2006 lost their elections.

The loud restrictionists remind me of a friend of mine who frequently complains in restaurants. Although he feels his complaints are validated, the waiters and managers spend an inordinate amount of time addressing his subjective complaints to the exclusion of offering great service to the other patrons. In the end the restaurant loses. At least my friend’s nonsense doesn’t cause the restaurants to go out of business which is essentially what many of these senators will have happen to them if they fail to pass a fair, balanced immigration bill.

In other words, Senators, do what’s best for the country and ignore the screaming minority. It’s not a good allocation of resources to concentrate on those who will never be happy.  I heard Bose makes good noise-canceling headphones.

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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