Immigration Reform’s ‘Surge’: The Politics Works, but Will the Policy?

June 26, 2013. The Christian Science Monitor ran a story, also reprised in The Alaska Dispatch, about the massive spending on border security added to the Senate bill in its final days to gain Republican votes. The article quotes FPI David Dyssegaard Kallick on a more productive way to use enforcement dollars.

Or how about boosting the ranks of federal and state labor inspectors, suggests David Kallick of the liberal Fiscal Policy Institute. Such reinforcements not only would make sure the undocumented aren’t working off the books but also would help to see that other workplace protections are working properly. (Mr. Kallick notes that the number of federal labor inspectors has declined by 30 percent over the past two decades, even as the undocumented population has exploded almost fourfold over that time.)