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Re: Rick On Immigration

As Peter Robinson so cogently states below, in The Corner, “The asking of questions, the stating of conclusions that are only tentative—all are perfectly welcome.” That’s all I mean to be doing here and I wouldn’t want Rick Brookhiser, whom I admire greatly, to misunderstand the arguments I have tentatively offered. In particular, I certainly do not support “free immigration,” which I think is more accurately termed “open borders.” Actually, as this debate proceeds, I feel pushed to consider what I do support regarding immigration. I’d (tentatively) propose that a new and improved US policy should include:

***Controlled and limited legal immigration, with preference toward those from other countries who

*Are eager to embrace American values

*Have skills that are useful to the US economy

*Are fleeing political and/or religious persecution

***No illegal immigration — or at least an end to the extreme tolerance of recent years in regard to those living and working illegally in the US.

***Mandatory bio-metric identification papers for all foreign visitors.

Does that make sense? What else should be included?

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, ...