Friday, June 3, 2005

L.A. Times starts immigration project

The L.A. Times says it will embark on a six-month search for a solution to the immigration issue.

"It's hard to come up with a single, coherent position on immigration because it touches on our national life and our individual lives in so many different ways. The tensions this creates and the trade-offs it requires are familiar, but that doesn't make them any easier to resolve. But these subissues can at least be classified under two large headings: (1) Of the masses already huddled here illegally or still in their home countries longing to make new lives in the United States, how many should we allow to stay and how many more should we allow to come in? And (2) what should we do - and not do - to enforce whatever answer we come to under heading No. 1?"

"[T]here are too many real-life complications for an absolutist policy at either extreme to work. And the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants assumes away most of the problem. The problem is figuring out who should be legal in the first place."

"We don't know where our journey of intellectual discovery about immigration will end. We know, or hope we know, when it will end: in about six months."

Various pieces on immigration have been written in the Times since the immigration project was announced this week, including the following:

- Employers of Illegal Immigrants Face Little Risk of Penalty and letters in response
- Immigration Activists Gather
- A Nation That Should Know Better, and
- The Borders Are Closing

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