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Re: That Stuntz Article

An e-mail on immigration:

I’m surprised you so quickly concede that “Stuntz is right on immigration, and I suppose it is worth saying since there are people who believe that instantly deporting millions of people is a practicable strategy.”  That’s not what he asserted.  He said “Most of today’s illegal immigrant population is here to stay (along with their descendants) and will pay no significant price for getting here outside the legal channels.”  That’s not necessarily true.  You are right that it is impractical to deport millions of people, but, as Mark K. constantly points out, attrition is working, even with the modest enforcement that is being tried under Bush.  If we got serious about enforcement, I don’t see why attrition couldn’t make a serious dent in the current illegal population. 

And one on abortion:

Stuntz’s use of the Wilder election is worse than you say. According to Wikipedia, Wilder won by half a percent. So he is using one close election 20 years ago to prove that pro-lifers can’t win.

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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