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Jonah On Immigration


Thanks for the kind mentions of me in the G-file. There’s a lot to chew over in your column, and I’ll probably have more to say about it in a few hours–after I pretend to work a little bit on an article about something else entirely for the magazine. For now, I’ll just say that the Bush plan and earlier versions thereof have always derived what plausibility they have among conservatives from the premise that our options are limited to three: continuing with a status quo of several million illegals in the country, legalizing them, and mass deportations. Since the last one is clearly not going to happen and, for many people, unacceptable, the legalization option starts to look better. That’s why Linda Chavez, for example, supported an earlier version of amnesty. Now Chavez is probably smarter than both of us put together, but I am not sure that these are our only options. But as I said, I’ll post more about this later.


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