That Is a Puzzler

I found this note while going through old papers:

“The question is how you can best deter illegal immigrants and continue our heritage of an open immigration policy.”
– INS commissioner Alan Nelson, quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, 12/17/84

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2 Responses to That Is a Puzzler

  1. Anon73 June 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    It’s not really a puzzle though – the United States faces the contradiction of being a country founded and supported by immigrants, yet currently hostile to immigrants based on race and class. There are also conflicting economic concerns – growers in California for example want cheap migrant labor, whereas ranchers in Arizona are paranoid about drug-runners.

  2. JOR June 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    The simplest and most direct way to deal with illegal instances is to legalize them, no? If someone objects to that, then their real problem is not with the illegality of the instances.

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