Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Immigration and Fear

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"Until the bombing came along, the antis were running out of arguments.  They cannot rail against “illegals,” since the bill is all about making things legal and upright, with registration, fines and fees.  They cannot argue seriously that reform is bad for business: turning a shadow population of anonymous, underpaid laborers into on-the-books employees and taxpayers, with papers and workplace protections, will only help the economy grow.  About all they have left is scary aliens. [See illustration.] ... [T]he Boston events have nothing to do with immigration reform.  Even if we stop accepting refugees and asylum seekers, stop giving out green cards and devise a terror-profiling system that can bore into the hearts of 9-year-olds, which seems to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s age when he entered the United States, we will still face risks.  And we will not have fixed immigration.  There is a better way to be safer: pass an immigration