The editors of The Washington Post tell half the story about the American public’s views on immigration:
THE FOREIGN-born share of the U.S. population has doubled in the past three decades and now stands at its highest point in nearly a century. Little wonder, then, that illegal immigration triggers visceral debate and white-hot rhetoric during a presidential election campaign. What may be more surprising is that Americans, by a large majority, continue to oppose mass deportation and to favor allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
which is that six out of ten Americans are dissatisfied with our present levels of immigration and a solid majority think we have too many immigrants. That’s why the “build a fence” position has resonance.
So a truly populist immigration policy would:
- Cut or eliminate the present rate of immigration.
- Provide a path to legalization (we’ll ignore that some Americans’ preference is for the path to legalization to start in Mexico City).
or, in other words, they want our laws to be followed.