House on fire

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“Im­mi­grants are here in huge num­bers, un­law­fully, in the age of ter­ror. They swell the cost of lo­cal life — emer­gency rooms, schools — which has an im­pact on lo­cal taxes. There are towns and cities that feel, and are, over­whelmed. And no one will help them.

“The es­sen­tial rea­son, I think, is that Amer­ica’s elites don’t want Amer­ica’s borders closed. Busi­nesses want low-wage work­ers; in­tel­lec­tu­als are wed to global vi­sions of cross-border pros­per­ity; politi­cians want His­panic loy­alty and the His­panic vote. It’s not con­ve­nient for any of them to close the borders. If Amer­i­cans on the ground are en­dur­ing dif­fi­cul­ties over this, it’s [. . .] too bad. This is fur­ther erod­ing Amer­ica’s al­ready erod­ing faith in its in­sti­tu­tions.

“Our po­lit­i­cal fig­ures say they have to con­cen­trate on an over­all, long-term, com­pre­hen­sive an­swer to the im­mi­gra­tion prob­lem. So they huff and puff about the long-term im­pli­ca­tions of this move or that, and in the end they do noth­ing.

“They are like peo­ple in a burn­ing house who sit around dis­cussing the long-term ef­fi­cacy of var­i­ous kinds of wa­ter hoses while the house burns down around them.”

— Peggy Noo­nan, writ­ing on “What Grandma Would Say,” Nov. 24 in Opin­ion Jour­nal at www.opin­ionjour­

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