Sometime ago Mark Krikorian and I debated the merits of the Arizona illegal immigration law. I said that ultimately I think the law is no bueno because I believe it will result in some level of racial profiling and harassment of legal US Latino citizens. That statement alone though, wouldn’t be reason enough to oppose the law. Racial profiling as a concept shouldn’t be demonized (i.e. focusing more on young men of Middle-Eastern descent at airports might be smarter than randomly selecting 80-year-old Scandinavian women).
But the negative consequence of racial profiling should be balanced against the effectiveness of the law in stemming illegal immigration. And without securing our borders, attempting to deport illegal immigrants will be like bailing water out of the Titanic with a bucket.
So, I ask Mark Krikorian: what’s up with the border fence?