The Citizen, the Legal, and the Illegal
In her Providence Journal column, yesterday, Froma Harrop inadvertently illustrated the problem that America has resolving the illegal immigration problem. Regarding Arizona’s new immigration law:
Stopping brown people in the street is not the way to address the problem. The great majority of illegal immigrants come for work. Though they shouldn’t be here, these are mostly good people supporting their families. These poor folk deserve to be treated humanely.
Notice how Harrop casually elides illegal immigrants with legal immigrants and citizens who might be profiled. The bottom line is that conservatives think, for good reason, that all talk of compassion and comprehensive reform are cover for amnesty. We don’t need “comprehensive” reform. We need enforcement of currently existing laws and a decrease in incentive to come to and live in the United States illegally.
If we penalize people for hiring from among the illegal population and if we decrease the comfort of living in this country without permission, we can begin to reverse the flow. That, by the way, is rightfully a state and federal endeavor. Don’t let the Democrats turn Arizona into an excuse to reach for their wish-list of immigration lunacy.