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Border reformer

"Border reformer" Continued...

Issue: "2012: The Year Ahead," Jan. 14, 2012

What's the bigger principle concerning immigrants? We can still insist that people who come into our country come here legally and come to embrace the Constitution and the idea of freedom itself. We are going to do this in a fair and just fashion.

Let's connect the dots of border security, immigration policy, and education opportunity. If Congress had a bipartisan agreement to secure the borders, would it then be possible to pass a version of the Dream Act, which would provide a road to citizenship for those brought into the country as small children, and thus were not consciously breaking the law? If we had border security, there would be a lot of credibility on some of these other issues. If we haven't stopped the bleeding, it's hard then to decide what you want to do with the patient. Once we secure the borders, there could be a way to regularize their status, without giving them some front-of-the-line position over those who are trying to come in the traditional way.

With all the retirement communities in Arizona, I suspect you get lots of questions about Social Security and Medicare. There has to be a restructuring: Unless we can repeal the laws of mathematics, we're on a collision course with solvency.

How would you restructure it? Allow young people to invest some or all of their Social Security into a private fund that they own-that will be there for them when they retire.

Students here: How many of you believe that if Social Security continues on its present course it will be there for you at that far-off time? For the record, I don't see one hand raised.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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