A defense mega-contractor recently unveiled another expensive product for keeping the nation safe: a remote detection device to catch would-be border crossers. And if all of this is starting to sound familiar, it should.
Deportations are up. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise. The U.S. economy isn't shrinking any more, but the number of jobs isn't growing. And yet, the United States is still a magnet for people around the world
The U.S. Border Patrol's announcement that it was seeking to hire a contractor for "strategic consulting" services first raised eyebrows in July. Perhaps it wasn't much of a surprise that the contract went to a firm loaded with former government insiders.
I am amazed at how much of the current immigration debate still centers around only two things: border security, and earned legalization. We are missing one of the most important facet of reform: fixing the visa system.