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Sowell on Ice: Gingrich and Immigration

Thought it seems far away now, in those halcyon days, the illegals knew we wanted them for cheap labor and they came here, not just California, but all over the Southwestern U.S., because we were ready and willing to employ them. If we hadn’t wanted them, fewer of them would have come. Some arrests were made, but it wasn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. People shrugged it off.

Was this a good thing? Of course not, but it’s a fact. And pretending otherwise doesn’t make it not so.

Reagan knew this. That’s why he supported amnesty back in the eighties. It may have been a mistake. But Gingrich isn’t even doing that. He’s advocating something considerably less for a smaller subset of people. Yet his supposed friends on the right are still attacking him. I’d like to hear their concrete proposal for what to do.

Meanwhile, here’s a key fact Sowell and company seem to ignore in the pursuit of ideological purity:

They are advocating the deportation of eleven million people!

You think the Iraq War was expensive? Who pays for all those buses? Or do we put them in cattle cars? Can you imagine what the photos of that would look like? The whole thing is so absurd you start to bang your head on the table.

And this is without even going near another obvious truth -- that a Republican proposal to deport eleven million illegal aliens would throw the entire Latino vote to Obama, virtually reassuring his reelection.

But, hey, you get to be ideologically pure.

Now I want to make one last thing clear: I absolutely support (as does Gingrich evidently) completely secure borders. I don’t want Hezbollah in the Sonoran Desert, or anywhere near it. Ditto for the drug cartels. The whole place should be on lockdown.

But after that, Newt’s right. His proposal to set up a board to determine who stays and who goes seems logical. I can’t think of another way. Maybe someone else can.