I give to you Rick Noriega's comprehensive immigration plan (PDF). It has a lot to recommend it, not the least of which in my mind is this:
Increase the Number of Annual Visas. To force immigration through legal channels, the Noriega plan will boost the number of visas available each year for both high- and low-tech, white-collar and blue-collar workers. Instead of education then expulsion, immigration policy should encourage the thousands of foreign students who take advantage of Texas colleges and universities to become vibrant contributors to the state economy after they graduate through increased access to H1B visas. Similarly, agricultural, seasonal worker, and NAFTA visas must be promoted as legal alternatives to attempted illegal border crossings.
Anyway, it's a short but informative PDF. I encourage you to read it and see what you think.
UPDATE: Here's the Chron story.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 06, 2008 to Election 2008