Well, why not?
Immigration is an issue on which the U.S. seems incapable of reaching a political consensus, instability on the Mexican border has led to hundreds of deaths and cross-border drug trafficking, and neither the U.S. nor Mexico seems willing to solve the problem.
A solution imposed by a foreign nation may be just what is needed.
After all, when it comes to intractable disputes between Israelis and Palestinians, Obama appears headed towards an imposed solution in order to deal with the Iran nuclear problem:
Despite recent turbulence in U.S. relations with Israel, President Obama is “seriously considering” proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Palestinian conflict, according to two top administration officials.
“Everyone knows the basic outlines of a peace deal,” said one of the senior officials, citing the agreement that was nearly reached at Camp David in 2000 and in subsequent negotiations. He said that an American plan, if launched, would build upon past progress on such issues as borders, the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. The second senior official said that “90 percent of the map would look the same” as what has been agreed in previous bargaining.
Imposing border changes and population shifts on the Israelis in order to help resolve the Iranian nuclear program is absurd, as Jennifer Rubin points out:
The Obami can’t come up with an effective Iran approach. And now they want to add to their overwhelmed and underperforming foreign-policy apparatus by imposing a Middle East plan? It is apparent that the latter is an excuse and diversion from doing anything about the former. It is also very dangerous.
Iran never will recognize a U.S. imposed solution, and such an imposition would simply be a new ground for hating the U.S. and Israel. And bringing Iran into the equation perpetuates the myth that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is what motives the Iranians.
Getting back to immigration, if we really want to please the Iranians, forget the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Why don’t we let the Iranians impose a solution to our immigration disputes. It makes as much sense as letting the Iranians drive our policy on Israel. Once you head down the road of appeasement, there is no reason to stop at our border.