The Corner

The Divide On Immigration

The debate among conservatives is not really about whether we have the political will to enforce existing immigration laws. Rather, it seems to me it is really about what sort of immigration policy is right for America. As a general matter, those on the Right who criticize the Bush proposal generally support limits on legal immigration and believe existing immigration levels are, if anything, too high, especially given declining rates of assimilation. By the same token, most of those on the Right who offer qualified support for the proposal believe that existing immigration levels are, if anything, too low, especially given the market demand for low-wage labor.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.