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Immigration

Irreconcilable

My latest column is about the folly of trying to push through an amnesty for illegal immigrants in a budget bill, a gambit being discussed as a means of bypassing a filibuster.

There’s a strong case that Congress should give legal status to millions of immigrants who are here illegally, at least under certain conditions. There’s a case, reasonable though not as strong, that we ought to have legislative rules that allow a bare majority of Congress to make that change in our laws.

There is, by contrast, no real case that the rules in place today allow it. . . .

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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