Krauthammer on border security: Ask Obama why heâs got a fence around the White House
On Hugh Hewittâs Friday radio show, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that any immigration proposal accepted by congressional Republicans should depend upon what border enforcement mechanisms are in place, but said he was concerned that time may be running out to get that agreement.
âLook, I think the countryâs sort of reached a consensus on legalization as a decent thing to do,â Krauthammer said. âThe real problem is enforcement, and what are the triggers. My feeling is that Democrats give lip service to enforcement, because all they care about is legalization.â
âAnd then theyâll get lax, and they wonât care about it, and weâll have a replay of â86,â Krauthammer warned. âOn the other hand, Republicans, I think, have a quite â have a position that is both, serves the national interest and is very humane, which is â for Godâs sake, of course weâd be willing to legalize these people. But youâve got to tell us, youâve got to prove to us, youâve got to show us, this will be the last cohort. Yes, weâll do this 11 million, but we donât want to do another. And I think the country, a vast majority of the country would say âfine.ââ
âSo what weâre talking about now are the triggers for legalization, and how serious this administration will be in carrying them out,â Krauthammer said. âAnd I think thatâs now a matter of sort of detail in legislation. I think in principle, weâve gotten some ways on that â not as far as I would like.â
âI do think thereâs a basic flaw that you get a kind of instant legalization. The trigger for, that in enforcement allows to happen, is the application for a green card. Thatâs a much weaker trigger, Iâm afraid. The problem is weâre not going to get anything stronger than that. The tide will run against us on this issue over time. So Iâd like to strike a deal now where we get the strongest enforcement possible,â Krauthammer suggested. âAnd thatâs where, I think, everything hinges now. I donât know if Iâll support the final bill.â
Krauthammer said that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has led the Republican charge for the âGang of Eightâ bill, should seek enforcement measures including a border fence.
âI think heâll proactively seek real measures â universal e-verify, the tracking system for the visa violations, which as you know, accounts for 40 percent of illegals in the country, and Iâm with you, a fence from left to right, from east to west, except obviously the mountainous areas. We know that fences work.â
âIf the president tells you fences donât work, ask him why heâs got one around the White House.â