Jan 19, 2016 12:11 AM GMT
...immigration restrictionism “is rapidly becoming a defining issue for American conservatism.” It isn’t just that Republicans and conservatives increasingly support tighter control of immigration, Ponnuru writes, but something more overarching. Where a candidate stands on immigration is turning into a litmus test for conservative fidelity.
Immigration hardliners don’t agree on everything. Some demand a fence along the entire Mexican border, some want all illegal aliens forcibly deported, some urge that even legal immigration be halted. But this, says Ponnuru, is the “new political reality: A hard line on immigration, however it is defined, is now part of the conservative creed.”