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    Path toward a temporary worker program and legalization

    By Mason Jones
    Published: Aug. 9, 2010

    In this fourth installment of the “Border Views” video series, Law Professor Barbara Hines discusses the legal, economic and social problems with Arizona’s new law, the post-9/11 immigration enforcement model and her belief that we should move toward legalization and a temporary worker program.

    Hines is the director of the Immigration Clinic and a clinical professor at the School of Law. She has litigated and written about issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts.

    Watch two more videos with Professor Hines from the fourth installment of “Border Views”:

    About the video series

    As Americans continue to debate immigration reform, border enforcement and Arizona’s recent legislation, experts from The University of Texas at Austin are offering their viewpoints on these issues through a series of online videos.

    Each week, “Border Views” will showcase a different faculty member discussing such topics as the history of illegal immigration, the pros and cons of the Arizona law, the unusual political alliances that have developed around this debate and the media’s role in covering it.

    Visit the “Border Views” main page for a complete lineup of our experts’ videos.

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      Chris Simmons said on Aug. 14, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
      After reading other comments, I have to say, ignorance is not bliss. It is harmful to many people. I am also the child of an immigrant. I'm glad that many people were able to come here legally, but as Barbara Hines mentioned, people do not WANT to come here illegally. They would be ecstatic to come here legally. But unfortunately, due to our poor immigration laws, it is extremely difficult for immigrants to come here legally. So yes, let's ask immigrants to come here legally. But we also have to make it possible for them to do so (and not just those with money and a good education). We cannot give out free passes to the United States, but at the same time, by making it so difficult for people to come here legally, we are causing many more people than necessary to come here illegally.
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      Dwight Romanovicz said on Aug. 11, 2010 at 9:43 p.m.
      In 1987 we gave amnesty to four million illegal immigrants and now, a generation later, there are 12 million illegal immigrants. Obviously, amnesty is not the solution. I am the son of an immigrant who came here legally. Is that too much to ask of others? We do need a guest worker program under which people can live here while making money filling the needs of our businesses. In order to make this possible, we need to end birthright citizenship. If a child is born to foreign national who is in this this country legally, that child is a citizen of the country of his parents. The 14th amendment says "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" so the guest workers and their children are still subject to the jurisdiction of their native country.
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