Krauthammer on border security: Ask Obama why he‚Äôs got a fence around the White House
On Hugh Hewitt‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúLook, I think the country‚Äôs sort of reached a consensus on legalization as a decent thing to do,‚ÄĚ Krauthammer said. ‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd then they‚Äôll get lax, and they won‚Äôt care about it, and we‚Äôll have a replay of ‚Äô86,‚ÄĚ Krauthammer warned. ‚ÄúOn the other hand, Republicans, I think, have a quite ‚ÄĒ have a position that is both, serves the national interest and is very humane, which is ‚ÄĒ for God‚Äôs sake, of course we‚Äôd be willing to legalize these people. But you‚Äôve got to tell us, you‚Äôve got to prove to us, you‚Äôve got to show us, this will be the last cohort. Yes, we‚Äôll do this 11 million, but we don‚Äôt want to do another. And I think the country, a vast majority of the country would say ‚Äėfine.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSo what we‚Äôre talking about now are the triggers for legalization, and how serious this administration will be in carrying them out,‚ÄĚ Krauthammer said. ‚ÄúAnd I think that‚Äôs now a matter of sort of detail in legislation. I think in principle, we‚Äôve gotten some ways on that ‚ÄĒ not as far as I would like.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI do think there‚Äôs 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. That‚Äôs a much weaker trigger, I‚Äôm afraid. The problem is we‚Äôre not going to get anything stronger than that. The tide will run against us on this issue over time. So I‚Äôd like to strike a deal now where we get the strongest enforcement possible,‚ÄĚ Krauthammer suggested. ‚ÄúAnd that‚Äôs where, I think, everything hinges now. I don‚Äôt know if I‚Äôll support the final bill.‚ÄĚ
Krauthammer said that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has led the Republican charge for the ‚ÄúGang of Eight‚ÄĚ bill, should seek enforcement measures including a border fence.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôll proactively seek real measures ‚ÄĒ universal e-verify, the tracking system for the visa violations, which as you know, accounts for 40 percent of illegals in the country, and I‚Äôm with you, a fence from left to right, from east to west, except obviously the mountainous areas. We know that fences work.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIf the president tells you fences don‚Äôt work, ask him why he‚Äôs got one around the White House.‚ÄĚ