Sunday, June 11, 2006

speaking in Seymour

Thanks to the folks at CHOICE who arranged today's rally on illegal immigration. It is always encouraging to see people who are passionate about an issue in politics. Thankfully, we live in a country where we aren't required to pay attention to politics. But there are still many important issues that make a difference-- especially in the lives of the working poor and those in the middle class.

It was interesting to hear Mike Sodrel speak at the rally-- and to compare/contrast our views. Both of us are fans of legal immigration. He didn't speak to this, but presumably, he is not in favor of illegals receiving welfare.

Both of us want tighter border security. But Sodrel seems more optimistic about our ability to do this effectively. In contrast, as politicians usually do, a lot is being promised-- and at low cost. Instead, with government activism, we're likely to get less than we were promised and at a far higher cost.

Interestingly, Sodrel is not at all excited about enforcing our immigration standards on business-- unless a business actively solicits illegals. Although I am concerned about the cost of monitoring businesses effectively in this manner, I wouldn't dismiss this tool out-of-hand.

Thanks again to those at CHOICE-- for allowing us to spend some time on this important issue.