CHICAGO - Conservatives and Libertarians hold differing views on the immigration debate, and Wednesday night in Chicago, a hearty discussion on the topic between Heritage Foundation's David Inserra and Rasmussen Public Affairs' Henrik Rasmussen will be held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Illinois is home to two of the nation's most vocal advocates for comprehensive immigration reform - Congressman Luis Gutierrez and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Chicago is a sanctuary city, Cook is a sanctuary county. Democrats hoping to tally more Democrat voters are pushing for amnesty and full citizenship rights for those in America illegally, and Libertarians are open to amnesty and letting society and employment needs work out naturally.
The Chamber of Commerce and Chicago's major industrial leaders such as John Rowe, former CEO of Exelon, recently held a conference to promote immigration reform and Illinois Republican leadership participated, assuring the business leaders of their support.
"While the Chamber of Commerce is promoting immigration reform as a free market principle, they are ignoring the costs amnesty will bring upon the state and nation's taxpayers," David Inserra told Illinois Review Wednesday morning just before leaving for Chicago.
"Amnesty for those in America illegally will cost trillions in the future," Inserra said. "The Chamber is pushing for a way to get cheap labor and high-skilled workers. We agree that America's companies would benefit from high-skilled workers, and believe the cap on the number of skilled workers should be increased."
Starting to work together on things with which there is agreement is a common sense way to begin reform, Inserra says.
"Everyone agrees the borders should be secured and more resources invested in creating a partnership with Mexico to stop illegal border crossing," he said. "We need to work with Mexico to build a better society and more work opportunities."
But the ultimate question for many is what do we do with the 11 million immigrants in America illegally?
"That question ignores the cost of amnesty and does not fix a problem," Inserra said. "In 1986, America offered amnesty to three million here illegally, and three decades later, the number has grown to almost 12 million illegal residents. The focus should be on fixing the problems before addressing what to do with those here illegally."
There are three key problems that should be addressed first, Inserra said. First, fix the broken borders, then fix the broken immigration system and enforce immigration laws already in place.
"After those problems are fixed, then we should talk about compassionate ways to deal with those here, using the 3-10 rule and opening the way for DREAMers," Inserra said.
So is the best way to fix immigration issues the piece meal way - fixing problems, then addressing the amnesty issue?
"As long as the pieces being put together end up enforcing the law, and doing what's best for American taxpayers," Inserra said. "If Congress takes that approach, immigration reform will happen."
The America's Future Foundation Chicago and the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation will be hosting Wednesday night's debate at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Tickets are $10 each. More information HERE
More from David Inserra HERE