Glenn Reynolds “argues”:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12132529/#060410 (mostly tongue-in-cheek) that the quickest way to solve the illegal immigration problem is to just annex Mexico. His real point, though is that the long-term solution to the dilemma is to insist that our neighbor to the south adopt serious democratic and economic reforms; i.e. to become more American. He’s probably right. It’s hard to see how any other proposed solution could ever be a permanent fix, since the only way to do that is to make sure that their citizens no longer _want_ to come here illegally. Unfortunately we’re not likely to undo a problem that took decades to create overnight.