Selling Amnesty - By BILL KELLER NYTimes.comQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
|"This time around, Democrats should be at least as ardent about enforcement as they are about legalization of the undocumented. That is essential to winning Republican votes, but it is also the way to avoid a future cycle of anti-immigrant populism... In truth, most of what you hear from Republicans about "securing our borders" is a red herring. That is not the real problem. Under Obama, border policing has doubled, and deportations have ballooned to 400,000 a year -- with a new and prudent emphasis on deporting convicted criminals. The Migration Policy Institute reported in January that the government now spends more on immigration enforcement -- nearly $18 billion a year -- The real weakness is internal enforcement. There is an electronic system to verify that businesses hire only workers who are legally entitled to be here, but 90 percent of employers don't use it."|
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