Jeb Bush: ‘It is not [immigration] law enforcement but the law itself that is broken’

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Goldwater
Institute Vice President Clint Bolick have a new book out, called

Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. An excerpt
in today’s
Wall Street Journal contains a point that somehow goes
missing in most of our emotion-choked discourse on the issue: “The
best way to prevent illegal immigration is to make sure that we
have a fair and workable system of legal immigration.” Who’da
thunk?Excerpt:
It is not law enforcement but the law itself that is
broken. The nation has changed dramatically since the
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, and that legislation has
not held up well. It has been patched over so many times that it is
hopelessly complex and incoherent. We need to start from scratch.
[...]
There is no “line.” Critics of comprehensive
reform often argue that illegal immigrants should return to their
native countries and wait in line like everyone else who wants to
come to America. But unless they have relatives in the U.S. or can
fit within the limited number of work-based visas, no line exists
for such individuals.
For most aspiring immigrants, the only means of legal admission
to this country is an annual “diversity lottery” that randomly
awards visas to 55,000 foreigners. There are roughly 250 applicants
for each visa every year. The absence of a meaningful avenue of
access increases the pressure for illegal immigration.
Preach
it, Brother Bush.Sadly, the always-timely observation that over-criminalization
breeds lawbreakers and thus should occasion re-writing the law,
does not, for Bush/Bolick, extend to the Drug War:
The far greater border-security threat is paramilitaristic drug
cartels that often are also involved in human smuggling,
increasingly from Central American countries. The U.S. needs to
coordinate closely with Mexico and focus its resources on defeating
the cartels.
The cartels are indeed terrible, but organized crime always
flourishes wherever the law forbids millions of humans from
pursuing happiness how they see fit.Read
Reason’s special August 2006 issue on immigration
here.

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Jeb Bush: ‘It is not [immigration] law enforcement but the law itself that is broken’


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