Debating immigration policy at a populist moment

Source: The Atlantic
by David Frum and Conor Friedersdorf

Debate between David Frum and Conor Friedersdorf. Friedersdorf: “While I agree that lots of presidents have talked tough on immigration without cracking down on employers of illegal labor, and that some observers make the Obama administration’s record sound tougher than it was, I am correct in observing that Obama presided over a militarized border, millions of deportations, a cap on refugees, and harsher vetting procedures for countries with a terrorism problem. Those actions did not constitute a serious attempt to ‘solve’ illegal immigration, but they still bolster the case that Obama believed in ‘the reality of nationhood.’ Neither Reagan nor Bush nor Clinton nor Bush II nor Obama agree with the premise that undocumented immigration on their watches posed a threat to nationhood.” (03/09/17)