ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA: “Conservatism has always been pro-immigration.”
Has it always been pro-illegal immigration, though? Because that’s what seems to be bothering some people.
I don’t know Glenn’s own views here, so I don’t mean to pick on him, but this does remind me that I’ve always found something a shade disingenuous about the familiar line: “I have no problem with immigration! I’m just opposed to illegal immigration.” Given the facts on the ground at present, that’s a little like: “I’ve got no problem if people want to smoke marijuana; I’m just against illegal marijuana smoking.” Given that we’ve got a huge undocumented population it would be both infeasible and undesirable to deport wholesale, and a set of economic conditions that exert an irresistible pull on many, many more people than we’re currently admitting, the relevant question is: How much immigration do you want to make illegal? Are you willing to couple increased enforcement with significantly higher legal immigration rates?