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April 17, 2013 5:23 AM
Immigration reformers' sleight of hand
Posted by Laura
Of all that has been written about the immigration debate, I think the great Tom Sowell captures the frustration of middle-class Americans best. They have few champions in the debate over legalizing 11 million people, but from the campus of Stanford University, one of the brightest economic minds in the country, speaks for them:

"Impressive feats of sophistry have become the norm in discussions of illegal immigration. For example, we are told that there is no way that the government can find all the people who are in the country illegally and deport them. Does anyone imagine that the government can find all the embezzlers, drunk drivers or bank robbers in the country? And does anyone think that this is a reason why the government should stop trying to enforce laws against embezzlement, drunk driving or bank robbery? Or let embezzlers, drunk drivers and bank robbers "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives?

...Why are there immigration laws in the first place? For the benefit of the American people -- not for the benefit of people in other countries who want to come here.

But political and media elites treat the American people as if they are the problem -- a problem to be circumvented with sophistry and pious promises about border security that have not been kept in all these years since the last amnesty, decades ago."
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