“Coming To Grips” With Illegals? Why Not Deport Them?
Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge in a speech in Miami pronounced that it was clear
that "legalizing" illegal aliens is what we need
The fact that most in his own
party, not to mention the country,
reject the idea is of only tangential interest, of
"The bottom line is," Mr.
Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania whose own
liberalism kept him off the GOP ticket in 2000,
said "as a country we have
to come to grips with the presence of
12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal
status some way, but also as a country decide what our
immigration policy is and then enforce it."
This is rather new, since it goes
well beyond what even the president used to mutter about
back in the happy days before
The amnesty plan Mr. Bush used to
peddle back then was limited to
Mexican illegals, of whom there are a mere 2 million
or so in the country. The Democrats, never to be
one-upped by Republicans in supporting national
suicide, one-upped the GOP by demanding amnesty for all
That`s where Mr. Ridge is today,
and his remarks in Miami about amnesty (he never used
the word but that`s clearly what he meant) may have been
a way for the administration to start testing the
waters, to see if it`s politically safe for the
president himself to take a dip in the deep end of the
amnesty pool by publicly and definitely committing
himself to it.
Mr. Ridge`s surrogates immediately
denied that`s what he meant. The Washington Post
reported, "Homeland Security officials said yesterday
that Ridge`s remarks were not intended as a proposal or
a change in government policy," and one insisted
that the "The secretary was merely acknowledging a
very practical problem that exists."[Ridge
Revives Debate on Immigrant Status, By Dan Eggen,
Washington Post, December 11, 2003]
The problem that exists, of course,
is that the federal government won`t enforce the law. It
hasn`t been enforcing the laws against illegal
immigration for decades, which is why some 12 million
illegals are here.
Not only will it not enforce the
encourages people to violate the law by
periodically enacting amnesty, as it last did in
1986 and as, under Mr. Bush, it was moving toward
doing before the 9/11 attacks made it too suicidal for
Stupid Party to embrace.
But Mr. Ridge, whose new
behemoth department presides not only over the
American police state but also over
immigration policy, still
doesn`t grasp what the "very practical problem"
is, as his further remarks show.
"I`m not saying make them
citizens, because they
violated the law to get here so you don`t reward
that type of conduct by turning over a citizenship
certificate," [so why would you "afford them some
kind of legal status," as he had just proposed?] "You
determine how you can legalize their presence, then, as
a country, you make a decision that from this day
forward, from this day forward, this is the process of
entry, and if you violate that process of entry we have
the resources to cope with it."
Obviously, we have the resources to
"cope with it," which is why we are able to fight
a war against Iraq on the other side of the globe.
The question is not lack of
resources but of simple will, and whatever Mr. Ridge
said or meant to say or thinks he meant to say, what he
was proposing was the
legalization of millions of aliens who broke the
laws to enter this country.
Why does he or anyone else think we
enforce the laws after we grant yet another amnesty?
This is like the alcoholic who says he`ll have just one
more drink before stopping.
As soon as the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 took place, we were
treated to weeks of sermonizing by both government
media-appointed experts to the effect that we must
all now adjust to enjoying
fewer liberties and putting up with more
restrictions on our freedom.
No one ever suggested we might have
a real problem with both
massive illegal immigration and even more
massive legal immigration that allowed the 19 mass
murderers of 9/11 to
come here in the first place (along with other mass
murderers like Jamaican
Colin Ferguson and Washington sniper
Lee Boyd Malvo, and the list could
What we should hear from the Bush
administration and officials like Mr. Ridge is not how
we now, after decades of government failure, need to
legalize millions of illegals, but how we can and will
round them up and kick them out before they murder
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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website.
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]