Beltway Kabuki

Mark Steyn’s devotes his Chicago Sun-Times column to the proposed immigration bill, finding a thematic relationship between it, female suicide bombers and an enigmatic Missiouri paternity suit in which identical twins are potential fathers. It is a brilliant column — don’t miss the journey — with a biting conclusion:

To embed lawbreaking at the heart of American immigration and to allow it to metastasize through the wider society was perverse and debilitating. Most Americans see this differently from Washington and Wall Street. They’re pro-immigration but they don’t regard it as a mere technicality, a piece of government paper: after all, feeling American is central to their own identity. They rightly revile the cheap contempt the rushed Senate bill demonstrates not just for transparent, honest small-r republican government but for the privilege of being American. Happy Memorial Day.

Steyn refers to the immigration bill as “Beltway kabuki.” In today’s New York Post, Kris Kobach demonstrates the impracticability of the bill’s enforcement provisions. It is a column that puts an exclamation point on Steyn’s characterization of the bill.
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