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You'd better believe we need a "high" border wall, says … Tom Friedman?

Added 04-25-19 05:35:01pm EST - “"We have a real immigration crisis..."” - Hotair.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “You'd better believe we need a "high" border wall, says ... Tom Friedman?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Those who had Tom Friedman down on their bingo cards for Wednesday’s Leading Voice of Reason, collect your winnings at the window … all two of you. “Has the NYT’s Tom Friedman gone MAGA?” asks Twitchy’s Greg P. Not really, but at least the scales have come off for the man who calls himself “radically pro-immigration.” The only way to ensure that policy can succeed, Friedman tells Wolf Blitzer, is to solve the crisis at the border. And the only way to do that, Friedman says, is to build “a high wall and a big gate”:

"I'm as radically pro-immigration as they come," says NYT columnist Thomas Friedman. "But it is pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of Americans that we can control our border, we're never going to have the proper immigration flow I think we need." pic.twitter.com/sVvfTRj3bb

Blitzer had Friedman on to discuss his column in Tuesday’s New York Times, in which Friedman makes his case for going all-in on border security. Friedman did what many critics of Donald Trump’s border wall have not — actually traveled to the border and get a sense of the situation. “It’s a very troubling scene,” Friedman wrote, and concluded that Trump’s correct about the emergency unfolding on the southern border:

The whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate — but a smart gate.

Without a high wall, too many Americans will lack confidence that we can control our borders, and they therefore will oppose the steady immigration we need. But for this wall to have a big gate, it has to be a smart and compassionate one, one that says, “Besides legitimate asylum seekers, we’ll accept immigrants at a rate at which they can be properly absorbed into our society and work force, and we’ll favor visa seekers with energies and talents that enrich and advance our society.” That’s the opposite of the unstrategic, far-too random, chaotic immigration “system” we have now. …


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