The immigration-policy fence
Conservatives should not build one between themselves

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We may not be building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico, but conservatives on different sides of the immigration debate are busy building one between themselves. Supporters of a “comprehensive reform,” as they call it, see opponents as irrational or even bigoted. Opponents of what they call “amnesty” see supporters as naïve and unprincipled.

This division is not going away soon and may grow more bitter as Congress considers legislation. There is nothing wrong with a vigorous debate among conservatives, of course, but there are a few things each side should keep in mind while the heat rises.

Let’s start with the supporters.

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Ramesh
Ponnuru
  • A senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 18 years, Ponnuru is also a columnist for Bloomberg View. A prolific writer, he is the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy and a book about American politics and the sanctity of human life. At AEI, Ponnuru examines the future of conservatism, with particular attention to health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism.


    BOOKS:



    • "The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life," Regnery Publishing, 2006



    • "The Mystery of Japanese Growth," AEI Press, 1995



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