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jeff jacoby

To resolve immigration debate, broaden it — and abolish antiquated quotas

THE SUPREME Court’s recent decision in the Arizona immigration case settled the debate over whether states may criminalize violations of federal immigration law (they may not) or require local police to check the immigration status of detainees they suspect of being in the country illegally (they may).

But the ruling in Arizona v. United States did nothing at all to fix America’s dysfunctional immigration system or clarify what to do about illegal immigrants. Neither did President Obama’s announcement a few days earlier that most young illegals who were brought to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation. Nor, for that matter, did the aggressive deportation activity that preceded it, which saw the Obama administration expel nearly 1.2 million illegal immigrants in three years, more than any president since the 1950s.

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