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PITY CAN’T TRUMP COMMON SENSE

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Detainees are escorted to an area to make phone calls as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona

It’s a basic rule of human nature: if you reward bad behavior, you’ll get more of it.

That’s why pity can’t trump common sense regarding thousands of children arriving in our country illegally. If we welcome them with benefits of this compassionate society, we’ll draw millions more expecting similar treatment. It may be complicated and costly, but newly-arriving illegals must be quickly repatriated to their countries of origin.

And what about the undocumented millions who’ve worked here for years? Wouldn’t a path to legal status reward their bad behavior? Actually, no: immigration reform rewards good behavior—admitting wrong-doing, paying fines and back taxes, mastering English, going through background checks, embracing the rule of law. And after they earn legal status, undocumented workers should get no special route to citizenship—instead, going to the back of the line to pursue the same process as legal new arrivals.

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  1. Scott S.  •  Jul 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I often say that “anything you subsidize, you get more of…even if the subsidy is small”, so I agree with what is written in the first two paragraphs. I question, however, the logic any reform proposed that includes “paying fines and back taxes.” I would not have an issue if it could be done but it seems far-fetched to believe that any but a small minority of the undocumented (who typically live, at best, hand-to-mouth) have any assets with which to pay fines and back taxes. I ask, speaking pragmatically, how would we extract fines and back-taxes…not that I disagree that they are owed, but, if doing so is not realistic, why even discuss it???

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