(Note: If you think this is about amnesty, you are missing the point. Here's your update: President Obama now states he will hold off on amnesty until after the November midterm. But this column is about the underlying psychological and behavioral aspects of policymaking.)
And if the "anyone else" here cannot readily be ascertained or identified, it does seem as if their identity is as insignificant as their actual condition, so helping people with a dubious need would appear to be quite dubious, no? Then that leads to the inference that the value here is not helping others who are argued to be less fortunate.