President Bush's proposal calls for immigrants to return to their home countries and pay $10,000 to obtain a three-year work visa to reenter the US legally.
$10,000 may sound like a lot of money, but the current market value of those Visas-and their cost to US taxpapers-is closer to $100,000.
There are 10 million applicants for US visas each year. Now, those numbers include substantial backlog—but Bush's plan would increase that level of overall immigration enormously. If they want to sell visas, the basic rules of financial responsibility would dictate that there at least be an auction to set the price. Selling America down the river is sickening-but doing so at fire sale prices is downright insulting.