Why is the president so obdurately bad on immigration? Mark Krikorian rejects the explanations that Peggy Noonan has offered (see “Re: Peggy Noonan,” below), then advances an explanation of his own:
I get asked this question all the time and the conclusion I’ve come to is this: The president is morally and emotionally opposed to immigration enforcement, especially on the Mexican border. He sees it as uncompassionate and un-Christian….And this is especially true with regard to Mexico because he sees it as a “cousin” nation, like Britain or Israel….
This is fascinating, Mark, and, if true, would indeed explain one whole heck of a lot. But what’s your evidence? How is a layman such as yours truly—or, more to the point, such as Republican members of the House, who are even now scratching their heads as they try to figure out how to deal with the chief executive—how are we to decide whether there’s more truth in Peggy’s explanations or in yours?