The opponents of immigration reform have many small complaints, but they really have one core concern. It’s about control. America doesn’t control its borders. Past reform efforts have not established control. Current proposals wouldn’t establish effective control.
But the opponents rarely say what exactly it is they are trying to control. They talk about border security and various mechanisms to achieve that, but they rarely go into detail about what we should be so vigilant about restricting. I thought I would spell it out:
When immigrant areas go bad, it’s not because they have infected America with bad values. It’s because America has infected them with bad values already present. So the first thing conservative opponents of reform are trying to restrict is social conservatism.
One crucial question is whether America will be better off in that future with today’s dysfunctional immigration laws or something else. Another interesting question is whether a major political party is going to consign itself to permanent irrelevance.
If conservatives defeat immigration reform, the Republicans will definitely lose control of one thing for years to come: political power.