Incrementalism (Subtraction Through Attrition)

August 8, 2010
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One of the chief conceits of the open borders lobby is that our position, i.e., deportation through attrition, is an unworkable strategy whose logical consequences have not been properly considered. The only problem with that line of reasoning is that it’s not accurate.

Gradualism has been plotted out meticulously by those with an expertise in this very area, and it has been radically successful in practice. In order to find such a success story, you need look no further than the “controversial” state of Arizona, which has been working on this issue for several years. As that Kris Kobach op-ed points out, this policy was extremely effective in forcing Pakistanis living in the United States illegally-including hundreds living in my old stomping grounds of Midwood, Brooklyn-to repatriate to their homeland. 

The canard that these individuals are here to stay must be refuted if we are ever to have a responsible, productive, national conversation about the broader issues of chain migration and mass immigration in a post-industrial society. What’s more, the pro-amnesty side doesn’t seem to have thought through the consequences of allowing 10-35 million illegal aliens to remain in this country indefinitely, with the full benefits of citizenship. If they have, it certainly isn’t reflected in their short-sighted, unresponsive “solution” to one of this nation’s most persistent problems.

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