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Re: Rick On Immigration


As Peter Robinson so cogently states below, in The Corner, “The asking of questions, the stating of conclusions that are only tentative—all are perfectly welcome.” That’s all I mean to be doing here and I wouldn’t want Rick Brookhiser, whom I admire greatly, to misunderstand the arguments I have tentatively offered. In particular, I certainly do not support “free immigration,” which I think is more accurately termed “open borders.” Actually, as this debate proceeds, I feel pushed to consider what I do support regarding immigration. I’d (tentatively) propose that a new and improved US policy should include:

***Controlled and limited legal immigration, with preference toward those from other countries who

*Are eager to embrace American values

*Have skills that are useful to the US economy

*Are fleeing political and/or religious persecution

***No illegal immigration — or at least an end to the extreme tolerance of recent years in regard to those living and working illegally in the US.

***Mandatory bio-metric identification papers for all foreign visitors.

Does that make sense? What else should be included?