The law will also establish a “future flow” process so low-skill workers can travel from south and central America to work for employers in the United States, Carmona said.
The need for a “future flow” of workers means the United States should adopt “a more advanced and visionary approach to immigration, a more sensible and common sense approach” that it does today, he said.
A good example is set by 28-country European Union, which allows people of many nationalities to live and work wherever they want in Europe, he said.
The integrated European approach is “very imperfect, there’s a lot of questions, but the way that the United States has historically approached immigration hasn’t been a very visionary approach,” he said.
Once the House and Senate agree on an immigration bill, “any solution … needs to [include] integration” of the United States with southern countries, said Carmona.
But if the border was opened, Krikorian said, “tens of millions of people would move next year … they’d be willing to work for peanuts.”
“If I were a singe young person in Guatemala, I’d work for [bed and board] … and then see what happens. Worst comes to worst, you go back,” he said.
Initially, an open migration system would devastate working-class Americans, but pretty quickly it would undermine the job prospects for middle-class Americans and young people, he said.
Careers such as construction, nursing, and even teaching would be quickly dominated by low-wage immigrants, pushing Americans out to search for other types of jobs, he said. Currently, that process is underway is some areas, such as landscaping, janitorial and restaurant work, he said.
Carmona ended the conversation when TheDC asked him how the inflow would impact Americans and recent immigrants.
“You know, I’m not going to get in the business of these hypothetical questions,” he said. “The main question is that we have an immigration system that is broken, that [should] not just deal with the highly skilled,” he said.
When he took over Present.org, he succeeded one of the group’s co-founders, Favianna Rodriguez. ”Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence,” said a bio at her website.