June 3, 2007

BECAUSE NO ISM...

Immigration Policy Confronts Reality (Steve Chapman, 6/03/07, Real Clear Politics)

Conservatism, declared George Will recently, "is realism: about human nature and government's competence." It requires accepting human beings as they are, not as we wish they were, and recognizing the limited capacity of government to transform the world for the better. But in the immigration debate, many conservatives are embracing policies that, by this standard, are anything but conservative.

Just as children are nature's way of mocking their parents' best intentions, illegal immigration is one of those phenomena that show the ineffectuality of laws in impeding humans from pursuing their interests. It would be nice if we could lay down lines on a map and expect people to stay on one side or the other. But when forces bigger than geography are at work, the decrees of nations often prove useless.

Mexicans and Guatemalans and other illegal immigrants come here out of an elemental and healthy desire to improve their lot. Once they arrive, they get willing cooperation from Americans who find these foreigners can also enhance our welfare.

Both illegals and natives gain something from this movement of people.


...least of all nativism, has anything to do with reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2007 9:12 AM
Comments

Shi'a Islam isn't an ism.

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2007 9:26 PM
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