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Immigration -- The Way Forward



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I have just got around to reading Tamar Jacoby’s article “Immigration Nation” in the Nov/Dec (i.e. pre-election) issue of Foreign Affairs.  The thrust of the piece is that the nation is pretty much, and increasingly, united on a “sensible” approach to “immigration reform” (trans.  open borders and amnesty).  The only thing holding off the blessed day is the opposition of a tiny segment of the public that, for misguided reasons, House Republicans insisted on deferring to.

Of whom does that obstructionist segment consist?  Ms. Jacoby explains:

“The high-stakes midterm elections in November put an unusual premium on the opinions of the 20-25 percent of voters who depart from the emerging national consensus. Mostly male, white, and lacking college degrees, these naysayers believe immigrants are bad for the economy; they want to build a wall along the southern border and adamantly oppose allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens.”

The way to clearing this regrettable obstacle to immigration reform is surely plain:  We should disenfranchise people who do not have college degrees, most especially those who are white and male.  Those people are just a drag on the economy, anyway–insisting on absurdly high wages for grubby work that those nice complaisant Mexican immigrants will do for half as much.  In any case, people without college degrees are so stupid and easily manipulated, they are bound to vote the wrong way.  Why on earth are they permitted to vote at all?



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