With yesterday's speech on immigration, President Obama is essentially doubling down on enforcement. I have written numerous times that I do not believe this strategy will work because no amount of enforcement is sufficient to change anyone's minds. Yet here is the strange part: Obama acknowledges that fact.
THE PRESIDENT: You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. (Laughter.) Maybe they want alligators in the moat. (Laughter.) They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.
That's a good line, but it therefore seems counterproductive to trumpet enforcement since it satisfies no one. Obama's other lure is economic, making case that the middle class and companies alike will benefit from immigration reform. Hard to see that getting much traction, but it's worth a shot.