States should control immigration

A proposal that could improve our labor market and control random invasions of foreigners would follow the Canadian model where provinces recruit people with skills they need. The provinces can control the numbers, refuse to admit people and limit the burden on provincial resources from them.

Barry Smith (no relation), associate editor for the Carolina Journal (, reports this innovative idea coming from a recent meeting of the State Policy Network.

I like the idea for us because it is consistent with our Constitution based on defined and limited central government. It also seems to me that immigration policy primarily State controlled, with limited federal functions, would be more acceptable to Americans, help alleviate the U. S. problem of illegal migrants and might diffuse this highly volatile and politically contentious issue.

Of course, the problem will be Democrats—they thrive on confusion, chaos and bad public policies.

A representative with the Reason Foundation (a libertarian think tank) remarked that immigration reform in America “at the federal level is dead for the foreseeable future” because “no one trusts Washington.” That’s for sure. A Cato Institute attendee to the meeting noted, on immigration (and most other social, economic and defense policies) has “messed up for the last 15 years.” Really?

North Carolina State Representative Harry Warren is interested in this idea. He has proposed several immigration-related bills in the General Assembly House. Mr. Warren has no faith in the federal government’s interest or ability to control millions of illegal aliens now somewhere in America. Nor have I.

I agree with Mr. Warren: first we need to know “how many unauthorized immigrants are in each State, who these (people) are, and where they live.”

Yes. And we need elected officials who are loyal to American ideals, value our culture and respect our traditions—especially decentralized government.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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