The Corner

It’s Not Just Illegals

Derbyshire protests that people who object to illegal immigration should not be characterized for that reason as “anti-immigrant.” I entirely agree. But it is not quite correct to say that John O’Sullivan, for example, objects only to illegal immigration. He objects to continuous mass immigration even if that immigration is legal. Both adjectives are important. He supports short but large flows of immigration, or constant but small ones. I agree with this position myself, and obviously do not regard it, any more than opposition to illegal immigration, as “anti-immigrant.”

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.