Tuesday, May 16, 2006

"Comprehensive" Immigration Reform

I cringe when politicians speak about a "comprehensive" solution for illegal immigration. The word "comprehensive" too often sounds like a code for amnesty while doing little on border control.

The only essential part of the solution is border control. Without border control, the problem of illegal immigration remains and grows.

The other elements of a proposed comprehensive solution are not required to be in the final legislation on immigration. However, they may be necessary in a political sense in order to put together the votes to pass an immigration reform bill. That is acceptable so long as the final bill contains true border control.

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