One of the more interesting aspects of the immigration debate is the difference
between New York and Los Angeles. Los Angeles, full of immigrants, is split
between the Latinos and their supporters, on the one hand, and those who would
kick them all out if they could, on the other.
In New York, by contrast, virtually everybody is pro-immigrant. And it’s not
because there are fewer immigrants here: Michael Bloomberg notes
today that New York City has 3 million immigrants, of whom 500,000
are illegal. He adds:
Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying
their visas, our economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would
collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation.
Bloomberg makes some sensible points, which probably means he will be ignored
in this overheated debate. Just don’t ask me what I was doing reading the WSJ