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Immigration Again

Derb: By all means, let’s revisit the 1965 immigration act. But please tell me how you’re going to do that when the political will simply doesn’t exist. I’m no fan of amnesties, but I do see them as a possbily useful bargaining chip–the Right swallows something it doesn’t much care for (an amnesty) in exchange for the Left doing the same (geniune immigration reform). Let’s face it, supporters of immigration reform aren’t going to out-muscle the other side unless the economy goes to pot. In the absence of such an event, achieving immigration reform of any kind will require unconventional political thinking. No amount of chest-thumping will change this. My own preference, by the way, isn’t for cutting legal admission numbers so much as changing the way we admit. I’d prefer a point-based system that emphasizes skills over family ties. But I also know that it won’t just happen by itself.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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