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Legal Workers Vs. Illegal Immigrants

OK, call me gullible, call me a softie but maybe we should give the benefit of the doubt to the Bush administration – at least for a few hours. There is a logic to their approach and it’s this: If you do have a functioning “guest worker” program, then there is no longer any excuse for any employer to hire illegal aliens. Any who do should get the book thrown at them. Similarly, if there is a functioning guest worker program, there is no longer any excuse for anyone to cross the border illegally or to be in the US illegally. So there should be serious consequences for those caught in either circumstance. Sure, there are tougher and fairer approaches to the very real problem of illegal immigration and porous borders at a time when terrorists are looking for ways to get in the house. But those approaches aren’t going to make any progress anytime soon. So why not try something that at least might provide more, rather than less, control over our borders? Why not try something that recognizes that how hard it is to keep supply from reaching demand? And politically, of course, this is an interesting play: Mexican-Americans are likely to favor Bush approach. Labor will not. The Left won’t know to whom to pander. They will find this a revolting predicament.

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...