Tamar Jacoby debated Mark Krikorian of CIS at the National Review Institute's Conservative Summit over the weekend. Here's her thinking:
"I'll never forget the Border Patrol agent who said to me, 'If another 9/11 happens and it happens on my watch because I'm chasing your next busboy or my next gardener, I'll never forgive myself,'" Jacoby said.
"Let's give those busboys and gardeners a legitimate way to come and then the only people trying to swim across the river will be terrorists and swindlers and the border guards can go after them."
Jacoby called the current system "a nudge nudge, wink wink system of unrealistic law that we don't really enforce" and called on elected officials to "bring our laws a little bit more in line with reality."
Needless to say, Krikorian demolished what little argument she brought to the table.
And, as detailed at the second link, the quote from the BP agent sounded an awful like similar blather from Bush and the Wall Street Journal, although which came first isn't clear. David Brooks and John Fund have parroted Jacoby. See the third link for just a few of the ways her fantasy of a "guest" worker scheme ending illegal immigration would fail. And, the problem isn't with our current laws, the problem is with our current politicians who refuse to enforce our laws or exercise their oversight duty of making sure that our laws are enforced. Rather than re-making our laws to fit the desires of corrupt politicians, I suggest exposing those corrupt politicians and driving them from office.
What's most distressing here is that Jacoby can offer such incredibly weak arguments and still be somewhat taken seriously.