Posted on | February 9, 2014 | 35 Comments
by Smitty (h/t Breitbart)
In an era where
- Congress can’t budget regularly or sanely,
- laws are passed unread,
- law are enforced by the Rule of Winning the News Cycle,
- the Federal Reserve prints money at will to prop up the Dow Jones,
- labor force participation is the lowest since the Carter administration,
George Will’s notion that we need to reform immigration to replenish the workforce seems daft. As the husband of a legal immigrant, my most generous position is that we overlook whatever rules were broken by people overstaying, and permit everyone who is here now applying for citizenship, and using the existing system to legalize themselves.
Give the illegal aliens some time, say, a one year stay of execution for everyone to get their junk together, and start using the system, as it exists, to establish themselves. The first thing you do to honor the rule of law is start playing by it. The USCIS system, warts and all, is relatively unfair to everyone, and avoids the appearance of being a mere vote-buying scheme.
But illegal aliens have to know that this is a no-kidding up-or-out moment. After that grace time, let the deportations begin. No sob stories. You put up a daily countdown, you let people know that any games of chicken will be held against them. After the deadline, remaining illegal aliens are dead to us.
All of the above would require leadership, which is sorely lacking today.
George Will, your typically cogent arguments sounded completely hollow before Laura Ingraham.
Update: thanks to Fire Andrea Mitchell for video on YouTube
One other addendum to the above is that I’d also be for shoring up the borders during any grace period proffered.