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A Losing Immigration Strategy

JamesInOhio Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 3:37 PM
Mr. Chapman neglects to mention some of the other factors that have contributed to the present situation: A vast increase in the quantity and leniency of social programs, especially in California; the activities of the ACLU and other liberal groups that have lengthened many deportation cases into years-long affairs; failure to complete the border fence, so that though crossing at traditional high-volume spots has been made more difficult, crossing at remote spots has not; the threat of Al Quaida and similar groups getting operatives into the country via the border since 9/11/01. Mr. Chapman's preference is apparently open borders in a country with a vast welfare state. Doesn't sound promising.
aalexander306 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 2:09 PM
You forgot to mention Plyler vs. Doe. The claim is that illegal aliens only remain here because it's too tough now to go easily back and forth across the border. Well, if that were the case, there certainly were more than 3 million illegal aliens here in 1986 who got amnesty, often through fraud. I'd bet that the 1982 Plyer vs. Doe decision played a big role in that. Why would you go back to Mexico with your family when the Supreme Court of this country has ruled that we, the American taxpayers, have to pay for the educations of YOUR illegal alien kids?
Everyone in Washington is showing new interest in immigration reform. President Barack Obama needs to do something to cement the loyalty of Hispanics, who did so much to re-elect him. Republicans seem to grasp that they had better soften their hard line unless they want to forfeit any hope with Latinos and Asian-Americans.

Both sides also agree that a balanced, two-part approach is in order: stricter enforcement and improved border security on one hand and a pathway to legalization on the other. It's an excellent plan -- except for that first part.

To say we need more enforcement to seal the border is...