MSNBC Guest Suddenly Gets Fiscally Responsible, but Only When it Comes to Protecting the Border | Mediaite: "To demand fiscal austerity be applied to border protection while, at the same time, demanding an expansion of social welfare programs not mandated by the Constitution is simply not a credible argument and reduces the stature of the individual making it. Enforcement is a prerequisite for a pathway to citizenship or legal status for Republicans. Even if one believes that is unnecessary, it would be logical to support border protection as a concession to Republicans in order to convince them to support legal status for the nation’s undocumented immigrants.
That is, it would be logical if the ultimate goal was to reform the nation’s immigration system. If the goal is really to preserve an electoral cudgel with which to batter Republicans as uncaring and racially insensitive brutes ahead of the 2014 midterms, you just might argue against border enforcement with the aim of scuttling an immigration reform plan.
But why would anyone do such a thing?"
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