Yesterday, I received a reasonably thoughtful comment from the blogger at http://tired-immigrant.blogspot.com
. He's clearly a bit jaded and bitter, and hasn't posted a blog piece in a couple of months. I hate to see feelings like his, particularly in new immigrants in skilled jobs. He's Indian, and I think Indian immigrants do great work in America, as well as doing great work in Bangalore and similar places while at home. It seems the system has beaten him down, yet I can not agree with his conclusion on his blog page that "America is still the land of the free. Only, the laws just don't apply to me."
his comment on my article is here:
And here is my response:
A rule of law argument, while not my whole argument, is entirely appropriate. If someone is willing to break some law, don't you think that person is more likely to break other laws than someone who followed the rules to begin with?
In fact, even if someone were not a law-breaker before coming to the USA, I could imagine that getting into the country illegally would cause him to feel no need to follow the law once he arrives.
Also, the security concern is totally justified and I have not proposed using it in any tyrannical way. Now, I have not said I expect a wall to be THE solution, but I think it's not an irrational part of A solution, much as in Israel. As I mentioned before, I would attempt a real cost/benefit analysis of a wall, but the problem is that the "benefits" are very hard to measure.
I agree with you: kill the terrorists. But we might miss one or a hundred, and there's no reason to give them easier access to our territory than we need to.
And, I said I'm for increased legal immigration because I'm for increased legal immigration. But that's not the same as open borders and not the same as letting anyone in who waits a while.
For example, I agree with the newspaper columnist (I can't remember which one) who wrote recently that we should simply not let in young men from Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc.
Some may want to call that "profiling" and I say GREAT! Profiling, whether at the airport or the immigration office, is rational and I don't care if squishy feel-good liberals think it hurts peoples' feelings.
On the other hand, I'd let in many more non-muslim Indians, Asians, and yes, even Frenchmen, with marketable skill sets.
On a personal note, I hope that you have found a way to stay in the USA. Anyone who looks to Howard Roark for inspiration is OK with me. And if you do go back home, the lesson I hope you take with you is the destruction caused by bureaucracy, not by American principles. If there's any place which knows how bad bureaucracies are, it's India.
Wishing you a better 2006,