An important point that I've not seen addressed in the debate over immigration is the part Congress has played by failing to address the issue for the past ten years. Today, despite large inflows of illegal immigrants, we still have low unemployment. Clearly our total workforce has been growing at a rate that could not be met by native population growth. Congress has been asleep at the switch at addressing this issue. Businesses and state governments, desperate for labor, looked the other way, hired illegal laborers, and ensured that they could be accomodated for housing and transportation. We clearly need a better mechanism to determine workforce needs and admit the people who can fulfill those needs. If we don't do this and only choke off immigration, we'll damage our competitive position and slow the growth of our economy.