Trust Us, We’re from the Government

“Let us say we’re gonna do it, and let that be sufficient” could be the epitaph of the Republican party.

What Barbour seems to be saying is that, even though the illegal population would be legalized immediately, before enforcement targets are met, the prospect of upgrading them to full green-card status ten years later would provide enough incentive for the political class to ensure that the enforcement promises are carried out. This would supposedly avoid the problem he correctly identified during the public part of the program, when he said, “It’s clearly understandable that this time the American people want to have some certainty that we’re going to have the border secure and do better enforcing visas.”

National Review
6/25/13