Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 2/16/18
Somebody please, if necessary, sit me down for a reality check on what I’m about to say. If I’m wrong, tell me I’m wrong and please tell me why.
Any nation that proposes to call itself sovereign gets to decide for itself how many immigrants it admits, from where it admits those immigrants and the degree to which those prospective immigrants must prove, as a condition of their admission, that they will contribute to the nation’s well-being.
The citizens of that nation get to say, through their elected representatives, what the nation’s immigration laws will be.
The citizens get to demand of those employed by that government that such laws be predictably, consistently and properly enforced.
All of this seems so obvious, so completely self-evident and so toweringly reasonable that there’s no room or reason for debate.
Yet in many quarters, most particularly in the elite cloisters of our coastal cities and the media, such assertions make heads explode.
Racist! Xenophobic! Jingoistic! comes the cry.
But how is a citizenry deciding who it lets into its country any different from an individual of that citizenry deciding who is admitted into his or her home?
Nobody has the presumptive right to move into your home simply because it’s roomier and better appointed and has a better-stocked refrigerator. Nobody has the presumptive right to move into your home simply because the home they come from is falling in on itself or is located in a dangerous neighborhood.
You, and you alone, get to decide who can come into your home. And you, and you alone, get to decide how long they get to stay.
Suppose, however, that you come home from work one day to find that another family has just up and moved in. And further suppose that when you call the police they refuse to evict your new roommates, citing a policy that the mayor unilaterally decided upon – laws to the contrary notwithstanding – requiring you to just live with and accept whomever it is that moves into your house.
Let that happen in your house and your neighbor’s house and everywhere up and down your block and it would be called chaos.
Which is exactly what engulfs U.S. immigration policy at this very moment.
A nation that wants to grow and prosper and be economically vibrant needs the constant renewal that immigration provides. But the policies and mechanisms surrounding that immigration have to be orderly. They have to adhere to duly enacted law. And they have to be reflective of the will of the people whose country it is.
We have no semblance of that currently. Which is, in large measure, why Donald Trump won the election.
All of which is to say that there can be no grand bargain on immigration until the American people are satisfied that order has been restored, that the borders are secure and that the invasion of their country has stopped.
It seems perfectly reasonable and perfectly obvious.
Or am I wrong?