Do you have the feeling that
auto giants are begging for $34 billion in
bailout, while the Government Accounting Office
tells us about the inadequate monitoring of the $700
billion in bailouts for the financial sector.
foreclosures of homes of American citizens have
lately been somewhat obscured by the patina of optimism
about the prospects for improvement under the incoming
Obama Administration. But the average American citizen
can`t feel that things are rosy.
Fortunately, the DC City Council
has just passed a resolution that, for the four days
around the time of the January 20 Presidential
Inauguration, the town`s bars
will be allowed to stay open 24 hours a day—which
should provide temporarily improved spirits for all
those of us who are feeling blue about being in the red.
When DC`s imbibers and the rest of
America wake up–as indeed those now out of work are
doing—we will find a lot more to worry about, as the
legacy of "W"`s
eight years of crass illegality to further Presidential
power comes home to roost.
While I often find great reporting
and solid analysis of many complex subjects in my local
Washington Post, its persistent calls for another
alien amnesty, fly in the face of reality, the
Rule of Law, and the needs of all but
the richest capitalists.
The mantra of cheap imported labor
continually wafts through the
pages and in its editorials. Prime example: Its December
3, 2008; editorial
Democrats Should Face the Challenge: Immigration reform
can`t be neglected lauds incoming Secretary of
Homeland Security, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano`s
toughness and compassion on illegal immigration while
scoring sky-high approval ratings in a state reeling
from waves of undocumented migrants."
Same old canard—the
in using the word
"reform" when everyone knows it means another major
amnesty, another major import of unneeded foreigners.
correctly notes the need for
"broad reform of
failed immigration system", but as usual
endorses the wrong prescription.
"Even in a sharp recession, the
will continue to
depend on millions of
undocumented workers. Unless they address the plight
of these workers and forge an enforcement regime that
works, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the new
administration will allow a sore to fester."
workers" are not
called what they are—"illegal
aliens", here breaking our Rule of Law and
undercutting precious jobs for American citizens. The
extent of immigration fraud grows all the time. Example:
The Center for Immigration Studies just issued a bell
ringer report on
marriage fraud against US citizens. [Hello,
I Love You, Won`t You Tell Me Your Name: Inside the
Green Card Marriage Phenomenon, By David
Seminara, November 2008]
In fairness, according the
Post, Napolitano "As
in the 1990s, …. prosecuted illegal immigrants. As
governor of a state that has become the main entry point
for illegal aliens, she has
backed tough measures to tighten control of the
border, including deploying the
National Guard. Faced with an inundation of
unauthorized workers and the federal government`s
inability to act, she also signed a bill cracking down
on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers."
"At the same
time, she vetoed a bill that would have cut off
in-state tuition aid for undocumented college
students, even if they were brought to the country as
children by their parents. She quashed another bill that
would have forced local police to act as stand-in
federal immigration agents, arresting illegal residents
and, she noted, saddling the state with tens of millions
of dollars in expenses."
Is Napolitano a little bit
pregnant? Yes, indeed.
Point: She recognizes the problem,
but calls, as did the failed 1986 amnesty legislation,
for the wrong solution. The perfect analogy is allowing
a little bit of inflation as a long-term government
"We are all Keynesians now" as the US went on an inflationary binge
which brought my 3200 square foot home built for $34,000
in 1965 up to a $1 million house in 2007—making us all
think we were rich, while we used our growing home
equity as a piggy bank.
Not dealing with patriotic
immigration reform falls in exactly in the category of
failing to keep a solid currency and letting inflation
be the escape valve—which is now causing a world wide
tummy ache, if not a long term world depression.
Let`s stop name-calling, which is
standard fare of the amnesty crowd, again used in this
American citizens who want to
adhere to real reform and the Rule of Law are not
are speaking to our highest traditions. The Post rightly
fingers the general public reaction of American
"Resistance to comprehensive reform will be intense,
particularly in a lifeless economy with high
unemployment. There are 40 million foreign-born people
in the country today, the highest proportion in almost a
century. That has caused political discomfort not just
in cities but in
suburban, exurban and rural areas—the
melting pots where many immigrants, including
illegal ones, have settled."
(Oh, so you do admit there are
illegal aliens here. Good start,
We know that the long term solution
begins with solid enforcement at our borders. Surely
that needs beefing up.
Secondly, many illegal aliens now
here will be leaving as the massive downturn,
particularly if the effective and much needed
E-Verify legislation due to expire next spring can
be put on a long term basis.
Mumbai experience proves that we will be more and
more open to attack. [Homeland
Security Priorities |
A chilling report
highlights the agency`s primary purpose . . ,
MS-13 type criminal alien gangs to stay invites
cooperation with outside enemies.
And fourth and finally, while there
may be some basis for compromise on long term illegal
alien amnesties, let`s be sure that solid ID work with
drivers` licenses and other forms of
secure documentation precedes a rush to renew the
failed amnesty policies of the past.
Let`s look to fashioning a careful,
enforceable future policy which allows legal immigrants
to come based on real need not
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.