Friday, January 18, 2019

Joe Setyon: "Two Big Reasons We Don't Need A Border Wall"

Neither of these seems very strong to me, but they do require more thought. Just because x is a bigger part of a problem than y doesn't mean that y shouldn't be solved if possible. And, though I agree that we may need more legal immigrants in the short run to fund boomer retirement, I don't think that should affect the debate about illegals.
   But once you get past the very dumbest and most hysterical anti-fence arguments on the left, the disagreement quickly does--or should--become more of a question of costs and benefits. So actual expertise is required. I just want to slap down the dumbest arguments and get us to move to the phase where we discuss the matter like adults.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

Yes. If you want to reduce illegal immigration, go after the big number first. In my business, the equivalent attempt to improve the 1/3 factor while ignoring the 2/3 factor is called 'premature optimization.' It is a sign of incompetence.

10:19 PM  

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