The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 April 2006

A subtler immigration proposal

Mr. Mustard slices the Gordian knot:

[H]ere's what I would propose if I were an enterprising politician who wanted to capture as many votes as possible:

(1) Create a fairly generous legalization provision for all illegals currently in the US at this moment (for instance, similar to the McCain-Kennedy amnesty) (2) which will go into actual effect only after the completion of an effective fence along the southern border.

Making the second half contingent on the first half would blunt the ridiculous sophistry of those who wail "You can't just deport millions of people!", while avoiding the pitfalls of abandoning promised enforcement once legalization has happened. It will also hopefully provide enough credibility so that anti-illegal diehards could sign on without the sense of just being screwed once again.

If the perfect compromise is one in which everybody gets something and nobody gets everything, I'll give this one an 8, maybe a 9. (If ever I start handing out 10s, you should probably have me institutionalized.)

Posted at 1:11 PM to Political Science Fiction

Maybe we could sucker...uh, get the illegals to put up the fence (since there is so much work that Americans won't do)
and just make sure that they are on the south side once it is complete.

hmmm, it just.... might.... wor NAH!! It's TOO Wacky!!!

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 3:02 PM on 12 April 2006

Seeing the wages being offered for burger-flipping jobs that are going wanting, I've concluded there must be some jobs even the illegals won't do.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:44 PM on 12 April 2006

Fear of mayonnaise, no doubt.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:29 PM on 12 April 2006

If we must restrict immigration, the fairest way to do it is to charge admission.

We might have fences along the borders with occasional turnstiles...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at 10:47 PM on 15 April 2006