Debra J. Saunders

Camarota rejected the notion that the Durbin bill represents compromise.

"One side gets a little of what it wants, the other side gets zippo." Add robust mandatory workforce enforcement language -- and maybe he'll think otherwise. He added, "I concede that there are things here that give me pause, but in this chaotic situation when the rule of law is completely absent, you don't start enforcing the rule of law by rewarding illegal behavior."

I get that. But enforcing the law by punishing those who did not choose to break it -- that's not right. Yes, the DREAM Act would reward parents' illegal behavior -- which doesn't sit right either -- but at least it would help young adults who see themselves as Americans and follow the rules.

Some day, after 2008, after the government shows that it can enforce immigration laws, Washington might pass a good immigration reform compromise. Until then, it's but a dream.

Debra J. Saunders

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