Yeah, more of me babbling on bloggingheads

…with Glenn Loury. We hit gun violence, immigration, respectfully discussing same-sex marriage with people we love who were raised in another era, dispelling Glenn’s cynical views of American politics. This particular clip hits on immigration policy.  I think it’s unjust to invite immigrants here, to implicitly and explicitly benefit from their low-wage labor for years within our economy–and then to act as though they are criminals when we discuss issues such as emergency health care and the Dream Act.


  1. Brett Bellmore says

    Don’t the people we invite here usually have at least visas, if not green cards? Maybe you mean people who snuck in because the door wasn’t kept locked?

    • Ken Rhodes says

      It wasn’t locked. It wasn’t latched. It wasn’t closed. It wasn’t slightly ajar.

      It was wide open. That degree of indifference is known, in common (non-legal) parlance as an “open invitation.”

      IOW, our inconsistency sends “mixed signals.”

  2. Harold Pollack says

    I think we’ve invited in the sense that we’ve very consciously run a pourous immigration system that exploits low-wage laborers in many sectors over decades. Listen to the segment to see what I mean.

  3. D. Silver says

    You two are the best paring on bloggingheads. There, I’ve said it.

    Nevertheless, I have a suggestion: I’d love to see either one of you scheduled with (against?) a thoughtful conservative like Ed Glaeser, Eugene Volokh, Megan McArdle, Tim Carney, Conor Friedersdorf, etc. It would be delightful.