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Immigration Reform, School Choice and the Proposed Border Commission

sleroi Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 1:18 PM
sorry, I'm not buying either of your arguments as for why illegal aliens should be allowed special privileges not afforded to the children of legal citizens. Just because, through a loophole, congress can overide the state doesn't mean it should. And on top of that you want new spending on this economy? Also, you naievely assume that since your argument is so brilliant that surely it will be passed everywhere for everyone. Last I checked, vouchers were used to great success in DC, a bastion of liberalism, yet it was discontinued by the liberals. If improving the lives of a largely minority group of children didn't sway them, why would helping immigrants?
sleroi Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 1:26 PM
Honestly Hugh, I don't understand this push by conservatives for immigration reform. I understand the left's desire for it, but not the rights. Visit any birder state, most people other than Latinos simply want a secure border. Ending anchor babies would be nice, but first secure the border. What benefit does immigration reform have for the economy or the middle class? I have yet to hear a coherent argument. You state in your column the absolute necessity for a secure border, so why not achieve that in a singular bill, use the commission you're fond of to gauge results, and then we can figure out what to do with the illegals.
spectator2 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 6:08 PM
Agreed. Why, anyway, are we talking about giving anything to these lawbreakers when we have such sick unemployment/jobs numbers in this country? It's insane. Just enforce E-Verify, let those who will self-deport, and then after they are gone, figure out how to get rid of the rest of them. Immigration spaces should be for those who come here legally and play by the rules, otherwise known as our "laws".
Dave M Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:23 AM
"Honestly Hugh, I don't understand this push by conservatives for immigration reform."
The main thing to understand is that those pushing immigration reform are NOT Conservatives. The Conservative view on immigration is
1. The goal of "Immigration Reform" is amnesty-period
2. The problem with immigration is due completely and totally to an unwillingness to enforce the law. Arguments that say with "We can't deport" means the speaker doesn't want to in the first place
3. Until immigration law is enforced all the rest is an exercise in fraud or stupidity or both.

First, a terrific compendium of think tank analyses of immigration compiled by the wizards at FindGravitas.com is here.

If you are going to debate immigration reform, be smart about immigration reform, especially about the positions of the opposite party's intellectuals.

This means among other things being smart about school choice for immigrant children. Vouchers for newly regularized immigrants under the age of 18 empowering them to attend any public or private school in the city in which they reside should be part of the GOP amendments to any immigration reform bill. The cost of such a voucher is...