So a bipartisan group of Arizonans, including Sandra Day O’Connor, Greg Stanton, and Bill Montgomery (who clearly knows the political winds are blowing in a different direction) have come together to provide a comprehensive immigration plan: SANE (you can read about it here).
It’s nothing new, and the reaction of opponents like incoming state senate president Andy Biggs, is nothing new, either: “It looks to me like they’re trying to find an approach to grant amnesty.”
But the group’s proposal is reality-based and might be the impetus to federal action.
It has two stumbling blocks, though: the kneejerk reaction of the Biggs of the political world, and one devil of a detail.
The detail? ”Operational control of the border.”
Which is what the plan calls for. How can we know when we have that?
Here’s where we should go for an answer: Andy Biggs. Joe Arpaio. Jan Brewer. Fox News.
What would they say is operational control? What would they use to measure that? How would they define it?
And then — after they don’t give us an answer, because they won’t — SANE can help move the process along by coming up with what the government should additionally do beyond what happens along the border now.
And then? Well, maybe we can have a sane discussion of the issue and come up with a sane plan, free from the hysterics and posturing of the insane.
That, of course, is the devil in the details, how to marginalize the immigration crazies.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.