Richard Epstein explains why both the legal and policy complexities of immigration make the issue more difficult to tackle than most pundits imagine.

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  1. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha

    Towards the end of  this podcast I had to scroll back up to the top to verify I was listening to Richard Epstein and not Keith Ellison. What a load of hogwash, from the libertarian perspective of course.

    1. American cultural attitudes are going to be 100,000 times more generous to these lawbreakers than Hispanic culture would be to us were the ratios of power and influence reversed. For Prof. Epstein to raise the boogie man argument of terrified kids and communities torn apart is a calumny.
    2. You can’t murder your parents and then beg for mercy because you’re an orphan. Just because someone wormed their way into American society and dropped a couple of anchor babies does not give you a free pass if it is not in America’s best interest to let you stay. If you’ve been a professional bum consuming more than you produce on welfare or on jail and court costs you’re going back where you came from. If it’s to OUR benefit, not your own, to let you stay then I would agree.
    3. The vast, vast majority of passion on this issue will dissipate if people see a creditable effort being made to stop future transgressions. Every reasonable person knows that if their kid was hungry and the only way to feed them was to crawl under a fence, especially with our asinine conflicting and self-contradictory rules, regulations and court rulings, they would do it too.
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