But if you, like me, believe it's possible to advocate for a broad-minded immigration policy — one that creates more expansive guest-worker programs, offers amnesty (though not citizenship) to some immigrants already here and enforces border control — this administration is not making it easy on you, either.
The uplifting tale of the hard-boiled immigrant, dipping his or her sweaty hands into the well of the American Dream, is one thing. Today, we find ourselves is an unsustainable and rapidly growing welfare state. Can we afford to allow millions more to partake?
When the Nobel Prize-winning libertarian economist Milton Friedman was asked about unlimited immigration in 1999, he stated that "it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare. And you cannot have both."
Dependency programs incentivize not only those who want to work, but those who don't want to work. That's why we need to allow a generous number of immigrants and visitors to take a shot at the American Dream and become part of our economy. I'd just like them to do it on their own and check in first.
Perhaps I'm experiencing an abnormal spasm of quixotic delirium, but I can't imagine most Americans would find a policy that offers both true security and robust immigration very controversial.
This is another way of stating Jonah Goldberg's "high walls, wide gates" philosophy on immigration, which I enthusiastically support. The whole problem with immigration policy of late is that while everybody talks a good game on enforcement at the Federal level (and there are a wealth of laws on the subject dating back to the 1940s) nobody funds it very much until something awful happens - as it did recently. Unfortunately, expecting the current administration to do something about enforcement is dumb like rock. The blacks most directly affected by illegals are so far into the pocket of the Democratic Party they can't see daylight any more, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is full of the kind of irredentist-pandering Chicano blowhards who fully deserve to live in the kind of violent chaos they'd get if their more deranged supporters' dream ever came true. Sure, the labor movement isn't too keen on the idea of more illegals, but most of the union members in this country work for the government these days, and they no doubt see illegals as a growth opportunity. So if you want to see anything substantive done about border enforcement, and you live in Texas or New Mexico, you better start leaning on your state legislators to do something, if you don't want to wait until 2013.