Wm N Grigg is my hero. His take on the “immigration problem” is the most sensible that I have been exposed to. Writes Grigg:
“As in so much else, the key to solving the immigration problem is to define the problem correctly, while bearing in mind another of Burnham's Laws: Where there is no solution, there is no problem.’
Grigg suggests that we treat the concrete problems that have been attributed to illegal immigration as discrete issues in and of themselves instead of packing everything together under the “illegal immigration problem”. Restrictions on immigration haven’t worked so far and have inevitably led to criminality. If we lifted the restrictions altogether and addressed the concrete problems themselves, that might have a chance of working.
Then again, I suspect that for many who favor restrictions and consider that we have an “immigration problem”, the immigrants themselves are the problem. They just don’t like Mexicans.