Immigration And The Pro-Life Movement

When Tom Tancredo

first ran for president,
the
American Spectator`s
anonymous
"Prowler"
blog wrote:
"It`s not clear
Tancredo is in line with the mainstream, social
conservative wing of the GOP he seeks to align himself
with." [Tancredo`s
Dubious Allies
,
By The Prowler on 1.16.07 @
12:08AM]

This statement should have raised
the eyebrows of any

objective observer of American politics
. Tancredo
has

100% rating
from National Right to Life and the
American Family Association. But that didn`t matter to
"The Prowler"

because

"According to campaign finance reports, one of
Tancredo`s biggest financial backers has been the family
of Dr.
John Tanton
,
the founder of the Federation for American Immigration
Reform (FAIR).

Wall Street Journal
editorial-page
features writer


Jason Riley
 [send
him mail
]
wrote a devastating piece about the
organization back in 2004, in which the group`s
pro-abortion and pro-eugenics roots were revealed."
[See

WSJ smears; VDARE.COM cleans up,

for the "devastating piece" and the answers to
its charges.
]

Tanton
and many other immigration reform patriots are motivated
in part by concerns about overpopulation. And some of
them do believe that
birth control,
and even in some cases

abortion
, could complement immigration reduction to
reach that goal.

The
extent to which Tanton supports abortion, let alone
eugenics, as well as how influential he is in the
patriotic immigration reform movement, has been wildly
exaggerated. But for the sake of argument, let`s assume
it`s all true.

So what? A vast number of small government supporters are
pro-choice libertarians who see


"government in your bedroom"
just as bad as
"government in
your pocketbook"
. One of the Libertarian Party`s
slogans is
"pro-choice on everything"
. But for some reason I
have yet to hear the
American Spectator
or any other conservative voice claim that the hidden
agenda behind tax cuts is abortion.

More than
most issues, immigration control draws supporters from
across the political spectrum. Some are pro-choice, but
many leaders like
Tancredo
,

Phyllis Schlafly
,

Pat Buchanan
, and

Michelle Malkin
are strongly pro-life.

Nonetheless, this smear has been
sadly successful. Back in 1996, with the assistance of

Grover Norquist
and

Jack Abramoff,
Christian Coalition Leader Ralph Reed
helped

kill
the

Jordan Commission recommendations
by convincing many
conservative congressmen that it was
"anti-family".

Norquist and other open-borders
conservatives still continue to play this gambit. I
recently saw a prominent open-borders
"conservative"
debate immigration at an off-the-record meeting of
Christian Right leaders. This man has virtually no
pro-life credentials. He has argued that the GOP should
abandon its opposition to

homosexual marriage
and that

Muslim Fundamentalists
were natural allies to the

Religious Right.
Yet he suddenly became teary-eyed
as he accused immigration patriots of being

secretly motivated
by evil population controllers;
and managed to change the conversation to
China`s one-child policy,
at which point the crowd
erupted in applause.

That being said, it is silly to
dismiss concerns with  overpopulation as being necessarily pro-abortion.

One of
the
bêtes noire
s
of the pro-growth, pro-life types is

Thomas Malthus
whose


An Essay on the Principle of Population
is considered one of the first major
works in favor of population control. For example, the
Concerned Women for America`s
"History
of Abortion
"
page names Malthus as laying
"the foundations for the 20th century"

abortion movement.

A quick reality check: Far from
being a secular liberal, Malthus was a

Christian clergyman
who urged

sexual restraint
rather than contraception, much
less abortion, as a means for population control.

Pro-lifers are

divided on the issue of contraception,
but a large
number have no objection; and there is no reason why
that cannot be used to limit population absent abortion.

And even if one is against contraception, there are

other ways
that married couples can reduce the chance of having
children. (I will spare the reader the details.)

When God told Noah

"be fruitful and multiply"
there were (at least
if you take the bible literally)

eight people on earth
—no—not over 6 billion. (If you
are not a biblical literalist, then the world population
at the time of the flood was estimated at only 14
million people.) Either way, mankind has done its share
of multiplying since then. Conservatism is about limits.
The idea that the world can sustain tens of billions of
people is hubris at its very worst.

I`m sure some will say there is
still a biblical mandate to have as many children as
possible, and I will not dispute their interpretation of
the scripture. That`s fine—but it does not follow that
all children in the world

must reside in the United States
.

The late environmentalist and
immigration restrictionist
Garett
Hardin
always emphasized that overpopulation was
a
local, not a global problem.
Virtually all the
population growth in the w:st="on">US is the result
of post-1965 immigrants and their children. Thus, Robert
Locke has

noted
on VDARE.COM that reducing population growth
in the w:st="on">US through immigration restriction
eases the problem that some would suggest should then be
settled through abortion.

With all this said, Western
birthrates are below replacement and the
Third World
reproducing rapidly both inside
and outside our country. Therefore, I am all for the
pro-natalist
policies for the
majority population
industrialized countries. But
that does not mean that

unlimited population growth
is a concern that should
be ignored.

Of course there are other reasons
why pro-lifers should oppose immigration. Despite the
unthinking rhetoric about

"Hispanic Family Values",
Latinos are 2.7 times

more likely to have an abortion
than whites. They
also vote

overwhelmingly
for

pro-choice Democrats.

But when I mentioned this to a
young pro-life advocate, she responded
"that type of
eugenic
thinking leads to abortions."

The more the

pro-life movement
allows itself to be manipulated by
pro-growth
and
multicultural fanatics
who really care nothing about
abortion, the less likely anything will be done to stop
the million-plus abortions occurring in the US every
year.


Marcus Epstein [send
him mail
] is the founder of the
Robert A Taft Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
and
Team America PAC
. A selection of his articles can be
seen
here. The
views he expresses are his own.