Phony immigration reform rears its head

What are Republicans going to do about immigration in
the aftermath of Sept. 11? Probably not much, except to
mute for a while the open borders special interests and
ideology that control Republican votes and (snicker) the
Republican mind. This week a splashy conference on
immigration and national security at the GOP`s Beltway
watering hole, the

Capitol Hill Club
, tried to help the party do just

The conference was the creature of neo-conservative
David Horowitz, who to his great credit has written and
spoken out courageously against

anti-white racism
 when most on the right were afraid
to do so. Mr. Horowitz`

Center for the Study of Popular Culture
the conference, which featured several of the

lesser lights
that twinkle in the conservative
firmament. Unfortunately, the major stars on the
immigration issue were strangely absent.

Where, for example, was Peter Brimelow, author of

Alien Nation
the major book advocating sizeable
reductions in immigration, and whose website,,
is now the leading location on the Internet for
immigration control?
Brimelow writes
: well, I was finishing my book on
the teacher union anyway!]
Where was

Roy Beck
, whose

Case against Immigration
s not far behind Mr.
Brimelow`s book? Where was immigration critic and
syndicated columnist Paul Craig Roberts? Where was

Dan Stein

, the Federation for American Immigration
Reform, the major lobbying group for immigration
control? Where was anyone who for the last decade or
more has been thinking, writing, speaking and debating
in support of less immigration and the need for drastic
reform of our immigration laws and policies? They
weren`t welcome at Mr. Horowitz` little bash.

Who was welcome? Well, there was

Ed Meese
, an amiable but largely forgotten soul who
explained the theme of the conference. After Sept. 11,
you see, we have to have some control of immigration but
we also need to avoid "the somewhat warped idea" of
using immigration policy to determine "what this country
should look like." Mr. Meese, nice guy that he is, had
nothing of any interest to say, and why should he, since
he`s never had much to do with immigration anyway?

Instead of Mr. Meese, why not invite

Pat Buchanan,
whose new book,  The
Death of the West
, is now the best recent case
against mass immigration in print and is quickly
clambering up the New York Times best seller
list? Mr. Buchanan was mentioned only briefly, and then
sarcastically by probably the most

lightweight twinkler
at the conference, journalist

Michael Barone

Mr. Barone never offered much evidence for his bland
assertions that immigration

is "more of an opportunity than a problem,"
that immigrants can all be

, that immigration is too big to be
stopped anyway and any other generalization that popped
into his noggin. His claims about
were skillfully sliced apart by
immigration scholar

John Fonte
of the

Hudson Institute,
who turned out to be the real star
of the show. Most of the other participants and their
messages simply fizzled.

Immigration has always been a good thing; we`re a
nation of immigrants; America is based on a

; immigration brings a valuable mix of
different peoples, though there is no difference among
different peoples;

is a good thing, though immigrants need to

is happening, though left-wing
multiculturalist élites won`t let it happen, even though
immigrants want to assimilate.
This is the fodder of
clichés, platitudes, banalities, contradictions, and
unsupported generalities that most of speakers served up
to a large audience of Hill staffers and policy wonks.

One of the few men who spoke anything like the truth
was Rep.

Tom Tancredo
, who bluntly told the audience it was
all an "illusion." There will be no immigration reform
because the open borders lobby is still there, still
powerful and still doesn`t want immigration reduced.

And that brings us back to the real purpose of this
half-day immersion in phony reform. The real purpose was
to co-opt the immigration control issue by outflanking
and ignoring the

real experts on immigration
, serve up a squadron of
lightweights, has-beens and never-weres as the
politically acceptable experts,
and confine
immigration reform to fiddling with expired visas and
more money for the Border Patrol.

But as far as serious rethinking of the whole concept
of immigration and its meaning for American culture and
national identity and for nationality itself, don`t bet

national ID card
you`ll hear about it from this

Americans today are frightened and angry — and
rightly so — over the
mass bloodshed
that uncontrolled immigration has
already helped spill in New York and Washington and at
what it might cause in the future.

If they want real enlightenment on immigration and
its dangers, they should ignore this useless gabfest and
start listening to the people who know something about
the issue and have been trying to tell us for years.

Sam Francis webpage  


January 31, 2002