Monday, September 19, 2011
Immigration and the U.S. Republican presidential candidates
The candidates´ proposals, such as we have them, are:
The Mitt Romney "Hold that Line" Plan: No amnesty and no special treatment for undocumenteds. Build a multi-million dollar high tech wall across the desert frontier ASAP.
The Rick Perry "Boots on the Ground" Plan: Forget the wall, it´s too expensive. Load the board with troops, and patrol it with both manned aircraft and unmanned drones.
The John Hunstman "Where There´s a Will There´s a Way Plan may be the most reasonable of the three. He too would build the wall, but with respect to the undocumenteds already in the U.S., he would support something which "leads to eventual legalization." Just what that plan might look like, Hunstman offers not a clue.
Any suggestion of reasonable, comprehensive immigration reform appears to be almost heretical with these three Republican front runners. But sooner or later they will have to confront the issue of what to do with 11 million people living just below the radar. No one can be elected president in the United States today without winning a substantial portion of the Hispanic vote -- about 43% of it according to one expert. Talk about high tech walls and unmanned drones is unlikely to seduce that voting block into any candidate´s corner.
[Photo: Mexican laborers in Texas, circa 1938. In those days their work was desperately sought, with no questions asked]
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