Column: Making case for overdue immigration reform law

As Congress and the Obama administration negotiate a deal over immigration reform, I am cautiously optimistic that Washington might finally enact some useful legislation.

Many things could wreck the deal but I am hopeful the final provisions will allow for more immigrants to legally reside and work in the United States and place significant restrictions on immigrants’ access to non-emergency government-funded social benefits.

Although well-crafted legislation may empower a stronger economic recovery, my support for immigration is more philosophical than economic. Like most classical liberals, I see the individual’s ability to offer his labor services on mutually agreeable and legally enforceable terms as a basic human right on par with the right to free speech and free worship.

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