Miller Watch (1): “Borderline…”

[Beginning a New
VDARE.COM series.]

Therapists I know tell me about a
condition known as “borderline.
Borderline what? I ask them. Well, you know…borderline:
psychotic, hysteric, what have you. Women, mostly,
display borderline behavior. And perhaps National
girly-boys as well (a nod to the redoubtable

Ann Coulter

John J. Miller, National Review`s
Commissar for

Immigration and Naturalization Propaganda
, (send
him mail
) has
finally acknowledged in “Border Lines: What to Do About
Immigration After 9/11” (NR, Oct. 15, 2001) that
“The whole immigration debate has moved dramatically
away from questions of access to those of control.”
Moreover, “Reformers interested in greater immigrant
regulation won`t stop there: Congress will also take a
closer look at border management. In doing so, it can
play a useful role in combating terrorism—and illegal
immigration, too.”

But, Miller warns,

will require that conservatives keep a narrow focus on
security issues and not overreach. Ramesh Ponnuru has
shown [no, he hasn`t! Although
he did praise Miller, they`re quite a mutual admiration
society. Peter Brimelow`s response to Ponnuru`s attack
is still being lovingly crafted;
here with
VDARE.COM`s gloss
] on these pages
how restrictionists on the right have not realized many
of their policy goals because of tactical mistakes
involving a desire to achieve too much all at once….The
opportunity now is to improve the border as a tool of
enforcement. This will be achieved not by tying other
agendas to it—such as a reduction in overall admissions
quotas, as several members of Congress have
suggested—but by enacting a few small steps that may pay
big dividends.

And he really means a few SMALL
steps…. For example: Relieve the State Department`s
consular corps of the task of issuing student, tourist,
and immigration visas. Institute a high-tech system of
monitoring foreigners in the U.S. Improve federal
supervision of the half-million people presently at
large within the country on student visas. Encourage the
FBI to share its information regarding counterterrorism
with the INS. Nag the Canadian government to beef up its
own foreign admission procedures….Yawn.

It`s the visa system, stupid!
Panicked by the events
of September 11, the

immigration enthusiast
and multiculturalist
communities have been making the point for six weeks now
– to the background accompaniment of Martin Luther King,
Jr. speeches and sitar music – when they`ve not
been trying, in the unwary words of Catoid Steve Moore, to “lay
low and not talk about it a lot

You have to wonder whether any
event short of the demolition of

215 Lexington Avenue
in Manhattan by a nuclear
suitcase bomb would be evidence enough to convince John
Miller of the need for rounding up

unwanted foreigners
and deporting them to their home
countries. Probably not even that, given the
neoconservatives` insistence that acceptable national
policy ought to be developed from universalist rather
than particularist—let alone personal—considerations.

Yes, Commissar Miller concedes,
none of these measures will prevent terrorist acts from
occurring on American soil. But never mind.

In a
way, immigrants and foreign visitors are a secret asset
against the likes of suicide bombers. Just as many
people send remittances to relatives abroad and thereby
enrich foreign economies, they also send back ideas—a
kind of political remittance that promotes freedom in
places that don`t know it well.

Giving credit where credit is due,
we have to admit that the ingenious Miller has
identified, all on his own, a brand-new excuse for chain
migration to the United States.  We export ideas to
them. They export terrorists to us. On net, we`re ahead!
Give or take a few thousand dead Americans.

Leaving us to wonder nonetheless:
Is there any argument

too borderline
for John J. Miller to advance on
behalf of his idée fixe: the unquestionable
benefits of unlimited immigration for what might
laughingly be called his country?

Williamson Jr.

is the author of The
Immigration Mystique: America`s False Conscience

and an editor and columnist for Chronicles
Magazine, where he writes the The Hundredth Meridian
column about life in the Rocky Mountain West.

November 02, 2001