Over at the WAPO, they’ve done an incredibly dishonest editorialabout immigration that unfortunately mirrors so much of the debate,
EVEN DRACONIAN measures like the one adopted in Arizona are not going to make 11 million immigrants already illegally here in this country magically disappear, let alone address this country’s dysfunctional immigration system. Neither is President Obama’s decision, announced this week, to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that appears motivated at least as much by election-year political anxiety as by genuine security concerns. After all, illegal cross-border entries are down significantly in the past two years, and so is violent crime in border states, as the administration itself has noted.
What would work is a multi-pronged approach like the one drafted by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), which would deploy new personnel and technology to the border, coupled with employment verification and a path to eventual legal status for undocumented immigrants already here. Unfortunately, the legislation, still in draft form, stands no chance unless it attracts a handful of Republican votes, which at the moment looks unlikely.
…Some Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), stand accused of doing the right thing for the wrong reason — pushing an immigration bill not to resolve the problem but to deal Republicans a political blow by outing them as anti-Hispanic. But Republicans do face a choice: Address the problem of illegal immigration by embracing this compromise or allow and encourage the nation to keep screaming about it. So far, it appears they prefer the screaming.
Isn’t it interesting that according to Washington Post, there are only two choices: Pursue a comprehensive immigration plan or do nothing at all.