Counselor Glenn Reynolds offers some outstanding advice to our so-called legislators:
|(1) Make the process open, transparent, and timely, with hearings, drafts on the Internet, and no last-minute bills that no one has read;|
(2) Earn people's trust, don't demand it, and treat enforcement like it matters;
(3) Respect people who follow the law, and make legal immigration easier, cheaper, and simpler, rather than the Kafkaesque nightmare it is now;
(4) Don't feel you have to be "comprehensive" -- address the problems you can deal with first. The trust needed to deal with other problems will come later, after you've shown some success and some good faith.
Crafting the legislative equivalent of Tolstoy's War and Peace in hidden back-rooms doesn't build trust, especially when only about 12 miles of the promised 700-mile fence have been built.