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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Monday, April 24, 2006

In which the President and I agree and disagree in a matter of minutes

It happens sometimes. Go figure:
Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic. It's just not going to work. You can hear people out there hollering it's going to work. It's not going to work. It just -- and so therefore, what do we do with people who are here? And this is one of the really important questions Congress is going to have to deal with.

A few seconds later, we diverge once more:
I thought the Senate had an interesting approach by saying that if you've been here for five years or less, you're treated one way, and five years or more, you're treated another. It's just an interesting concept that people need to think through about what to do with people that have been here for quite a period of time.

It's not an "interesting approach," it's just assigning an arbitrary point. Someone who has been here for five years without a job or family, he deserves to stay while the mother of two children born in America and working hard, but only here four years doesn't? Are you really going to be a strong American simply because you've been here longer?

The answer of course is no. If you are going to let one group stay, you should let them all work on staying. And if you are going to send some of them back, work out a way so they all go back. But don't reward folks who got over her a day earlier because they could afford their coyote sooner or they swam faster. Either figure out a better arbitrary point, like serving in the military, family roots, and hard work, or tear it up altogether and start anew. Reward those who've made America better, not just those who found a better way to get to America.