Monday, August 30, 2010

Killing Americans and Immigrants Alike

There is a story in the NYT about border sweeps far from the border: an effort to find illegal immigrants moving down south from Canada into the US.  The story focuses on trains and ferries, but it reminded me of a stop on the NY Thruway where the traffic actually is stopped on the highway itself to check for immigrants.  Well, I guess, as you get waved through more or less.  But more importantly, it creates an opportunity for cars/trucks/buses to run into stopped vehicles on the highway.   No kidding--people have died.  So, we spend more resources for a few fish in a net with lots of holes.

Time to think about the tradeoffs of our policies, I think.

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