chapter  2
New Rules of the Game
WithNathan Glazer
Pages 11

The lengthy debate over a new policy to control illegal immigration, which was recently completed with the passage of the Simpson-Rodino Act, was conducted almost entirely from the point of view of what was good for the United States. A half million Asian Indians are the scene in the United States, their numbers growing through immigration and natural increase at a rate of more than 20,000 a year. Mexico's interest in our immigration policy is not only in allowing the mass migration, or back-and-forth migration, of Mexicans into the United States to continue for domestic economic and political reasons, but also in how Mexicans are treated in this country. The United States has been spared up to the most extreme consequences of immigration on foreign policy, consequences a good number of countries in the developing world have had to deal with.