Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brexit and The Liberal Case for Immigration Reform

The "Brexit" vote is today.
However, it goes, it is likely to change a lot fewer things than most people imagine. That said, one of the chief issues has to do with immigration policy.

Here's the liberal case for immigration reform:  Drawing the Line at the Border for Wildlife's Sake. This was written more than 10 years ago.  The numbers need updating, but they have not declined.

America is a compassionate place. But having a heart does not mean you have to lose your brains. The United States cannot take all of the world's displeased and dispossesd, nor can we move all of the people of Somalia (or Indonesia or Guatemala or Ireland) to the United States. We have to draw a line somewhere and decide who we will take, how many we will take, and how we will enforce the law. These three questions underpin all immigration policy.

For 25 years I have listened to those on the Far Left and the Far Right answer the first two questions thusly: "More people that look like me."

It is with sadness that I note that the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Ancient Order of Hibernia, and the Ku Klux Klan all find common ground in that one answer.

I do not.
Read the whole thing. I apologize that my views do not fit into neat idelogical boxes. I also authored The Liberal Case for Gun Ownership.

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