Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A Fence and Amnesty?

Robert J. Samuelson has written an interesting and provocative piece for the Washington Post entitled Build a Fence -- And Amnesty. Here are some highlights:

It's time to build a real fence or a wall along every foot of the 1,989 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border.

I do not like advocating a fence. It looks and feels bad. It's easily stigmatized as racist. It would antagonize Mexico. The imagery is appalling, but it beats the alternative: a growing underclass and social tensions.

We also need to stiffen employer fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Businesses should have to check prospective workers against computer databases with Social Security numbers, passports or immigration documents.

Today's unskilled arrivals make it harder for yesterday's to get ahead. The two compete.

If we control new inflows, we should legalize the illegal immigrants already here.

There's more, so please read the whole thing. Even though I don't agree with a lot of the positions being advocated by many people, I am encouraged by the fact that an honest debate is beginning to develop about the immigration issue. This article is a good contribution to the debate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a good article written by a reasonable man proposing a reasonable compromise.

The only problem is that everytime we who want our borders secured and our immigration laws enforced have compromised with the open borders lobby we have been duped. As soon as the open borders types get their amnesty they convieniently forget to implement the enforcement half of the compromise. This happened in 1986 and again in 1996. We would be fools to buy into the same sham agian in 2006.

Enforcement must come first! Build the fence. Make verification of social security cards against a database mandatory for employers and start punishing those who don't.

And then we can talk about amnesty.

3/08/2006 11:12 AM  

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