The debate over immigration, when it ranges over the subject of costs and benefits, tends to favor anodyne abstractions and economic postulates. The costs of securing the border and, by attrition, reducing the illegal immigration population include conjectures about economic decline, about the loss of our prestige as a welcoming nation. The benefits, meanwhile, generally take a similar form: cheap products, fluid labor, corporate profits, etc.

There is a place for such speculations and conjectures, to be sure: no discussion of immigration policy would be complete without them.

How much more inadequate is the discussion when it neglects to concrete human costs, like Ft. Myers’ police office Andrew Widman, shot dead early Friday morning by an illegal alien outside a night club?

This too must be part of the debate — along with all the other murders, rapes, assaults and burglaries committed against Americans by foreign nationals trespassing upon our land, to the pristine insouciance of our political elites who favor those easy and anodyne abstractions.