Mona Charen Reads My Mind

My view on the immigration debate. Precisely. She wants the border secured, but finds herself unpersuaded that the huge illegal influx signifies more in the long run than a too-restrictive legal immigration rate. Then:
The greatest benefit of immigration by far is not what it does for the immigrant (though that is huge) but what it does for America — assuring a steady stream of newcomers who do not take the blessings of liberty for granted but cherish them. Many opponents of immigration worry about diluting our culture. I'm far more worried about the hollowing out from within. We scarcely teach our own children to love America, far less inculcate patriotism in immigrants.
Oh, Mona, you rock!
If I were writing the law all by myself, I would increase the legal immigration levels, beef up border enforcement, establish a national ID card so we could really know who is here and reform welfare so only those who truly want to work would be tempted to immigrate.
I would also reform education to convey the greatness of this nation (warts and all). So here I am, in the awkward middle.
I'm with you, Girl.