In the past four years, I have argued in this space that nothing can or should be done, no new federal law passed, until the border itself is secure. That is the predicate, the common sense first step. Once existing laws are enforced and the border made peaceful, everyone in the country will be able to breathe easier and consider, without an air of clamor and crisis, what should be done next. What might that be? How about relax, see where we are, and absorb. Pass a small, clear law—say, one granting citizenship to all who serve two years in the armed forces—and then go have a Coke. Not everything has to be settled right away. Only controlling the border has to be settled right away.This made me chuckle because, although I'm not wild about amnesty and think it is absolutely an abdication of the responsibilities of the federal government to the American people, I'm not unaware of the sausage-making aspect of how government actually works. I have often tried to puzzle out in my head exactly what sort of "deal" I would have to be offered before I would accept amnesty for most of the illegal aliens already residing in this country. Certainly, securing the border first would be one element of that hypothetical deal. Until the border is secured--actually secured, not merely promised to be secured--as far as I'm concerned, no promise can be trusted. But after that? I might be open to negotiation. Let's see what you got.
But that border's gotta be closed first, y'know?