Democrat Says Open Borders Rhetoric Getting Desperate And Vicious
Off again goes the
Washington Post using a name calling, ad
hominem attack mode on the immigration issue. Its
December 13th lead editorial is headed,
The Immigration Swamp–As the presidential campaign
intensifies, so does the nativist ferocity.
In short, let`s not have a discussion which makes
American citizens, let`s just keep blustering away
by calling US citizens "nativists"
a word which has
morphed into slightly less of a pejorative than the
As a Democrat, I am proud of my citizenship and the
immense privileges it confers and hope I have a right to
a reasoned opinion without being
called a racist.
This Post editorial represents the voices of
those powerful forces who want to keep those borders
Mexican trucks rolling freely into the US, and
border fence from being built. Those powerful open
border forces are getting truly angry and desperate.
Of course, few people read the editorial pages of any
comics, crossword puzzles, and the
murders are so much more interesting. But this
latest Post editorial really exposes that raw
nerve of anger from these power players since
the June 28 failure to enact that ugly
"comprehensive immigration reform" bill (read
The bill, which it turned out many Congressional
members neither had
the time or inclination to read, was a massive call
for another amnesty, repeating enactment of another
1986 amnesty law, which has proved a
complete failure as evidenced by the arrival of
millions more illegal aliens since–probably most of the
12 to 20 million now estimated to be living in the
That 1986 law could, if properly enforced, have
possibly avoided the situation we now face. The Post
editorial describes like this: "THE IDEA that 12
million illegal residents of the United States can be
induced to quit the country en masse within four
months is absurd on its face—a non-starter in
logistical, humanitarian, political,
diplomatic, commercial and
economic terms that would leave an indelible stain
on this country for years."
Hey, if the laws on illegals were
enforced, we would at least find out who is here
illegally, something our government is loath to do.
Scream, Washington Post, but don`t admit that
your skewed definition of "absurd" cites the very
words that those who truly debate the issue might use.
For example: 1. "logistical" (because our
won`t enforce its present laws), 2.
"humanitarian" (illegal is ok even if it puts poor
US citizens out of work), 3. "political" (because
it doesn`t match the greed of illegal employers who have
paid these legislators big money to get their way),
4 "diplomatic" (because it makes the corrupt
Mexican government mad that they couldn`t keep offing
their excess poor to the US and keep the immigrants US
remittances, now nearly $30 billion a year flowing), 4.
"commercial" (because the
cheap labor crowd might have to
pay more for
US citizen workers), and 5. "economic"
(because more cheap labor profits might be less for
poor CEO`s earning over 300 times what their average
employee makes) .
Yes, indeed, the Post is truly upset that some
of the candidates such as Romney, Huckabee, Thompson,
Giuliani, and Tancredo (no
Johnny Come Lately to real reform) have begun to
realize that the
voters want real reform. The Post attacks
Huckabee for his plan, while chiding him
for being inconsistent in the past. Gee, no
politicians ever change their views? All those
candidates (i.e. except Tancredo, who
got it right long ago) should at least get credit
for being on a learning curve.
Not from the Post: "Mr. Huckabee was
promptly rewarded for his reversal with an
endorsement from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the
Minuteman Project, a group of xenophobes who spend
their time videotaping and harassing day laborers
wherever they find them."
illegal border crossers? That`s ok with you?
The Post then carries its anti-law enforcement
rhetoric to the extreme when it comments, "It`s a
fair guess that this cruel campaign of immigrant-bashing
will eventually turn toxic for the Republican Party
itself, whose own strategists (Karl
Rove among others) have long grasped the
growing electoral clout of Hispanics."
Getting it right won`t be easy, but it is the right
thing to do. Breaking down further
our Rule of Law is not a path to progress, folks.
Let`s show more courage and less negative profiling
of those who would fix the immigrant invasion. Would you
like the program offered by the open border Democrat
candidates? They all think more is better. It surely is
not for the citizens of the US.
Folks, this is angry, desperate bashing of a reasoned
approach not worthy of
any editorial board, much less the Post. Further,
the Post has the chutzpah to claim that that
absurd Congressional cretin reform bill which failed in
June "would have tightened security at the borders;
cracked down on employers who knowingly hire
undocumented workers; established a legal mechanism for
immigration for the hundreds of thousands of workers who
enter the country each year to fill low-skill jobs; and
provided a path to legal status for the illegal
immigrants now living in America". Those claims,
except for the path to legal status, are simply not
true. That legislation had no teeth to do what was
claimed by its supporters.
The language of this editorial is so purple it
actually gets ludicrous. Try this Post paragraph:
"America has had its
paroxysms of anti-immigrant fervor in the past, also
accompanied by spasms of violence and persecution.
Today, as in the past, the national atmosphere is
subverting the discussion, drowning out reason. Look at
the uproar that overwhelmed New York Gov.
Eliot Spitzer`s sensible, safety-minded proposal to
make illegal immigrants eligible for driver`s licenses,
and you will see logic defeated by posturing, political
cowardice and the poisonous diatribes of talk radio."
As if Spitzer was a statesman trying to fix a
problem. Oh, please!
Yes, sadly ad hominem attacks have become the last
resort of the major media and their paymasters, the big
corporations, the cheap labor crowd and their
ethnic lobbyist supporters They found in June that
they couldn`t steamroller us little citizens when we got
fully aroused to the dangerous condition created by
those very people who now want to blame as "nativists"
those of us who propose real ideas for reform. Real
reform is non-partisan.
OK, WP, you may rant and rave, and it may be
that other factors will elect an open border minded
President, but I suspect there will be many elected who
will offer us little people—US citizens, many of us,
like me, Democrats— a Square Deal instead of a Raw Deal.
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.