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The “Domestic Version of Iraq”

Mickey Kaus on the immigration deal:

This is looking more and more like the Bush administration’s domestic version of Iraq: a big risky gamble, based on wishful thinking and nonexistent administrative competence, that will end in disaster. What disaster? 1) Lower wages for struggling unskilled–and semi-skilled–American workers (including, especially, underclass men) even when the labor market should be tight; 2) Income inequality moving further in the direction of Latin America–maybe even to such an extent that social equality between the rich and their servers becomes difficult to maintain; and 3) A large semi-assimilated population along our southern border with complex, understandably binational allegiances–our own Quebec. … Actually, I can see why some Republicans might not be so bothered by (1) and (2). But what about Democrats? …

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