12 April 2006
A subtler immigration proposal
[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