WSJ columnist John Fund offers a heaping load of open borders propaganda in a column appropriately named "Borderline Insanity". The upside to his screed is that many people will realize it for what it is, and that will further reduce his and the WSJ's credibility.
He sets out to show that "enforcement-only" won't work, a frequent theme from those who support massive immigration. Of course, he only mentions employer sanctions once, and that's in a quote from an unnamed BP agent. In a way he's right: simply enforcing the border won't work. We need to enforce immigration laws at the workplace. However, his column is misleading by almost completely focusing on the border instead of, for instance, looking into why workplace enforcement has dropped sharply and whether that has anything to do with massive illegal immigration.
And, he compares the "failure" to stop drug smuggling with the "failure" to stop immigrant smuggling. The huge differences between the two are described here.
As for his talking points:
Right now, with Border Patrol agents trying to apprehend potential busboys and gardeners along with terrorists and gang members, the problem is too big for any law enforcement agency in a democratic society to tackle.
This is dramatically similar to drivel from an earlier WSJ editorial, David Brooks, and Tamar Jacoby. With all the money available to promoters of massive immigration, you'd think they could hire someone to come up with new lines.
Border Patrol agents I spoke with were reluctant to be quoted on the record, but all agreed that a comprehensive solution that combines more and better border enforcement with a well-designed guest-worker program is necessary if real progress is going to be made. "We need to enforce employer sanctions at the same time we give employers a legal path to fill the jobs they must have workers for," one agent told me. A retired agent points to the Bracero ("strong arms" in Spanish) guest-worker visa program, which until 1964 brought millions of Mexican workers north to work in the agriculture, construction and service industries.
I'm going to guess that he spoke with BP supervisors who are willing to spout the Bush line, nothing more. After rephrasing the busboys line, he starts whistling:
Support is building for a rational middle ground on immigration proposed by Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.
Support for that is building in the same sense that support is building for "comprehensive" "reform": only within the ranks of the out of touch, pro-open borders elites.
Immigration · Mon, 07/24/2006 - 09:10 · Importance: 1