‘Deploring illegal immigration is not a condemnation of the immigrants themselves, anymore than deploring traffic is a condemnation of drivers.’

July 8, 2013

Good line (from a liberal, for whatever it’s worth) to remember the next time a liberal tries to smear conservatives as racist, xenophobic, etc. for thinking we should enforce some of our immigration laws.

I know that unauthorized immigrants are for the most part good, decent people. Deploring illegal immigration is not a condemnation of the immigrants themselves, anymore than deploring traffic is a condemnation of drivers. The rhetoric about hard workers trying to support their families is true, and in a perfect world we could invite everyone in without any tradeoffs. But the United States cannot take in millions upon millions of impoverished workers and hope to provide its own low-income citizens with lives of dignity or economic security.

Hat tip to Charles Cooke.

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