Voices in the Immigration Debate
April 7, 2006 Until a few weeks ago, commentator Jim Gilchrist says he was not in favor of building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, a distance of almost 2,000 miles. But the political debate in Washington has convinced him that lawmakers will not make new policy to control illegal immigration sufficiently. He says the only way to protect the United States is to build a wall.
April 6, 2006 Commentator Mark Kirkorian takes note of the assumption that if there is a guest-worker program, most of the guest-workers will be from Mexico — just as most illegal immigrants are now from Mexico. Kirkorian argues that a formal guest-worker program would draw in many more workers from Asia and the Middle East, doing little to ease the problem of illegal immigration and leading to possible security problems.
April 5, 2006 In the noisy argument over what to do with illegal immigrants, says commentator Richard Rodriguez, the common assumption is that America has done a great deal for them already. But Rodriquez argues that no one speaks of the multitude of things these workers have done for Americans. And he think it's time to say two relevant words: thank you.
July 7, 2011 Mark Krikorian runs the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that advocates for "low immigration" and "high enforcement" of current laws. He explains why the journalist who recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine should return to the Philippines.
July 7, 2011 Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, recently revealed he has been living in the U.S. illegally since he was 12. "This country is not going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants," he says. "What are we supposed to do with them?"