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Illegals and Crime

Andrew, no one is proposing to “hand out documents to everyone who asks.” To the contrary, the Bush proposal requires illegals to demonstrate that they have an otherwise legitimate employer. If anything, the proposal is a step toward the devleopment of a sorting mechanism that will help differentiate between those who are here to do honest work, and those who are here to for more nefarious reasons. (Of course, if the federal government accepted NR’s recommendations on drug policy, the American life of crime would be less alluring to immigrants and citizens alike.)

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.