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Wall Street Journal, Page One: Border Enforcement Works.

By See-Dubya  •  April 9, 2008 12:59 PM

{Guest post by See-Dubya}

There’s just no getting around the fact that employer verification (they cover some of the same ground on Arizona’s E-Verify that I did the other day) and enforcement is having an effect*:

In recent years, the government has dramatically increased the number of agents on the ground and boosted security by erecting vehicle barriers, three-layer fences and cameras at the border. It has also launched an initiative to prosecute and ensure jail time to unauthorized border crossers who previously were returned to Mexico only to try to re-enter within hours.

“We are controlling our border,” said Ramon Rivera, assistant chief for the border patrol in Washington.

Well, let’s not go that far…but there are more encouraging signs, including the higher costs charged by coyotes.

The economy is having an effect as well, and likely a far greater one than the modest enforcement upgrades we’ve managed to deploy so far. The troubles in the housing market, especially, mean fewer new houses are being built, and fewer illegal workers are demanded by the construction industry. So at the same time the initial costs of getting to America are being raised by enforcement, the profitability of making the journey has been lowered by economic factors. No wonder fewer people decide to do so.

But what really caught my eye in this article is its description of the effect this will have on the 08 elections:

To the extent that the drop in apprehensions could be attributed to tougher border efforts, it could help Republicans who are campaigning this election year on an immigration crackdown. It could also embolden proponents of tougher laws, such as the one passed in Arizona, that impact both illegal immigrants and the businesses that employ them.

I think I would have written that sentence a little differently–I’d have said it “could help those Republicans who are campaigning this election year on an immigration crackdown.” Because there aren’t that many of them, are there?

At the same time, ebbing numbers of new illegal immigrants could help defuse a tough election-year issue. Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, has recovered from accusations that he isn’t tough enough on illegal immigration, but he still faces doubts from within the party’s base.


Hmm. Anyone heard from Juan Hernandez lately?


* Google News work-around link to the full article here.

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