Only the federal government can fix what's wrong with the immigration system – and any federal fix must include three indispensible elements.
Unless demographic trends shift abruptly, U.S. labor needs will continue to attract foreign workers to our shores. Far better for Americans if these workers enter the country legally. An increased supply of worker visas must be the centerpiece of any immigration reform – effective immigration enforcement will be impossible without it.
ImmigrationWorks USA Comprehensive immigration reform: picking up where we left off December 2012
Foreign Affairs Immigration Nation by Tamar Jacoby, November/December 2006