What Would Immigration Reform Look Like?

Immigration law professor Kevin Johnson outlines his ideal bill. He wants simpler laws:

I am not calling for simplicity for simplicity’s sake. Nor do I advocate the immigration equivalent of some kind of simple, if not simplistic, “flat tax” system. My point instead is that the United States would benefit from a streamlined, less complex, and clearer body of immigration laws.

Along similar lines, the United States often has been unclear in the overall goals of its immigration laws. Consider the exclusion grounds, which have grown over the years to respond to the perceived immigration demons of the day. Accretion of reforms upon reforms has made the immigration laws pull in dramatically different directions, lack any modicum of consistency, and simply have become unwieldy, cumbersome, and excessively complex.