The Immigration Line is Too Damn Long (and Slow)

"The long and short of the yarn spun by anti-immigration opponents that unauthorized immigrants and legal immigrants must play by the rules and wait in "the line" is that this supposed concern about law compliance is nothing short of a proxy for keeping people out.  The "line" flouts rather than upholds the rule of law.  It is the football snatched away at the last second by Lucy as Charlie Brown moves to kick it. ... Economists generally agree that robust immigration reform will help resolve our economic distress.  But before we follow this prescription, we must be clear-eyed about the memes that create linear obfuscation.  We need to create an immigration people-mover in place of the static "line." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Feb. 3, 2013.  [Be sure to read the whole column, including sobering number-crunching by David Simmons, and a nostalgic video from 1946.]