If it weren’t for the Russia/Crimea/Ukraine kerfuffle and the Malaysian Airline mystery, the immigration issue would surely be one of the top stories.

Actually, I guess it still is, considering I read an opinion piece from the editors of Bloomberg View just last week entitled, “The Only Way to Stop Illegal Immigration“.

The first thing that gave me pause was that they actually wrote “illegal immigration”. I still figured it would be a left-leaning propaganda piece, but I was encouraged by them not using undocumented immigrant or undocumented worker.

It began by describing John Boehner’s inability to rally the House around a Senate immigration bill that was passed overwhelmingly last year. Also, how the House was transfixed on border security, as if that is a bad thing.

I noticed that they never said to attempt to seal the southern border. Only repeatedly mentioning “border security” and how much money the Senate bill already allotted for it, which, according to the article is a “staggering $46 billion for border control, doubling the size of the patrol force”.

Okay, let’s stop right here. First: let’s say the main water line in your house breaks. Water is streaming in and the basement is filling up fast. What is the first thing you do? Do you call ServPro to get rid of the water, or do you seal off the leak? That’s right – first you stopped the flow of water, and then call them to clean up the mess. Not the other way around.

In other words, seal the border first. Don’t just control or manage it. Then worry about those who are already here.

And second: whether it is $4.6 billion, $46 billion or $460 billion – we all know that government throwing money at a problem has never solved anything… Ever!

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