Both sides in this debate fail to note the obvious. There is a market for immigrants in this country. The President is more cognizant of this than those who would restrict immigration, but turn to consider the market for a minute: 1) producers need immigrants; 2) immigrants are coming here because there is work that enriches them. This market has been helpful to the economy. It is growing robustly and without one of the feared downsides of immigration or even illegal immigration, unemployment. We are almost at full employment, and with two to three times as many illegal immigrants in the country as in the mid-1980s, when Senator Alan Simpson last addressed the immigration issue, that is pretty much proof that the economy can accept immigration and prosper.
The real problem is border security and an orderly society. We need to know who is entering the country, and that they abide by the laws. So Congress is preparing a series of get tough measures. The toughest of which is probably that envisaged by Tom Tancredo of Colorado and J. D. Hayworth of Arizona. Their legislation would deputize state and local police to arrest the millions of illegal immigrants (possibly 12 million) and deport them. Some argue we should somehow drop the arrested immigrants into the interior of their countries. How would this be done, by a gigantic parachute drop?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
THANK YOU, Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.! A voice of reason and logic. I'm up to my eyeballs sick of the single-lober "cry" on illegal immigration. They sound like a bunch of harbor seals in mating season.