SYNTHESIS: the end result of a dialectic.
Every so often, somebody will come along and handily sum up a longer and more-complex discussion. I believe that Lyle at UltiMAK, posting at Joe Huffman’s blog, has done so on the topic of illegal immigration from the liberty perspective. RTWT recommended.
On another hand…
Ralph Peters in the NY Post:
As the left’s blame-the-citizen demands for special privileges for all immigrants only intensify an anti-immigrant backlash, let’s apply some commonsense maxims:
* It is always the responsibility of the immigrant to conform to the laws and social norms of the host society. It is never the responsibility of a society to alter its traditions and values to please immigrants.
* The primary responsibility of government is to protect its citizens and territory. That demands robust border security.
* Illegal immigrants are entitled to basic human rights, but have no civil rights: no right to an attorney, trial or “sanctuary.”
* Washington must remove current incentives to illegal immigration. This means relentlessly pursuing both those who hire illegals and illegals themselves, doubling sentences for illegal-immigrant offenders, and a constitutional amendment eliminating the automatic citizenship granted to children born on our soil to illegals.
* At the same time, we must reform our legal immigration system to recognize the need for temporary workers, as well as for qualified new citizens.
* Turning 10 million illegals into US voters is not the answer.
Have a problem with some of each. How to decide?