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This is the kind of strategic thinking that could make a difference if any will listen.

Hunter Baker

Immigration is heating up again as a political issue with the second term president and others discussing possible answers to the low level chaos which currently characterizes the movement of workers between Mexico and the United States.  The basic outlines of plans to address the problem shift to fit familiar lines of argument.  I would like to suggest a novel approach.

To state the matter very succinctly, we should deal with immigration in the context of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  NAFTA provided for the free movement of goods across the border.  The best way to handle the immigration problem is to provide for the free movement of workers across the border, as well.  We could accomplish this goal by negotiating a worker addendum to the agreement in existence. 

How would it operate?  Citizens from the countries involved in the agreement would be free to enter the member states…

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