So quite a few of you know that I am a huge Greg Gutfeld fan - he's the guy on Red Eye if you haven't heard me refer to him by name. He's also the guy who routinely beats the pants off MSNBC's lineup despite the fact that he's on at 3am.
I was recently watching an interview he had with Bill O'Reilly, reiterating a point he has made in the past. Secure the borders, create a path for illegals to legal citizenship, in that order. Without a secure border you cannot legalize the immigrants already here.
I'd go one step further. Secure the borders, then immediately legalize the immigrants already here. It's the right thing to do. Anyone that argues we can feasibly expel the estimated 12-15 million illegal immigrants already here is not a sane person. It's a consequence of irresponsible border policy since the days of Davy Crockett.
Ok so we can't get rid of the illegals here. Who cares? The worst thing about illegal immigration isn't the crime itself, it's the financial burden on state governments (and indirectly the federal government). Imagine if these people paid taxes!
But none of this can happen if we don't secure borders. Look immigration is great, but there's a reason we have immigration quotas. If we let everyone who wants to leave a crappy place for a better life, we will become the next crappy place.
Janet Napolitano thinks our borders are too vast to secure. Really? The Great Wall of China seems to be more effective than our porous fences, and that was built in 220 BC with the hopes of keeping those damn Mongolians out. And it still works. Last time I checked, China's borders were far more vast than our own.
I think it's pretty clear that this issue to far too politicized for common sense. The left, to a certain degree, realizes the influx from the South is a potential voting base (just wait till Rubio gains national steam). The right, apparently forgetting that the economy was their number one campaign point, seems to ignore the potential tax revenue realized by legalization of 15 million people who are already in our country. I bet the net sum of cost to secure border is far outweighed by potential revenue.
It's not that I want to reward illegal behavior by granting automatic amnesty, it's that I'm a pragmatist, and I realize that booting 15 million people out of a country is impossible.