The Asheville Citizen-Times is kind enough to point out the difference between working on solutions to a problem and simply throwing money at it. Unsurprisingly, the 11th Congressional District's Charles Taylor is in the borrow-and-spend camp.
The best starting point toward a sane immigration policy is the bill introduced last spring by U.S. Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., an odd couple if there ever was one. The bill has something for everyone, ranging from a border study to more money for English language instruction.
Illegal residents can apply for six-year visas and those awaiting legal immigration can apply for three-year visas, renewable once. In either case there are mechanisms for seeking permanent residency after the six years.
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Still, Kennedy-McCain at least is a reasonable approach, which is more than can be said for the proposal by U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, to hire 15,000 more people to patrol the Mexican border. You cannot seal off a 2,000-mile border, no matter how many people you deploy.
For a Republican, Taylor's a lousy fiscal conservative.