Proposition 200, Tancredo Re-election Not What Immigration Enthusiasts Want To Hear
The Bush administration has read
the political tea leaves that this year`s election left
at the bottom of the electoral cup and concluded that
amnesty for illegal aliens is the message they send.
Since that was the message the
administration wanted to see, it`s not surprising that`s
the message it gets.
But its tea-leaf readers need to
look again to understand the election`s real message on
The administration apparently has
increasingly dubious exit polls that show President
Bush winning 44 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally,
an increase of some 9 percent for him since 2000. Mr.
Bush pandered to Hispanics shamelessly and concocted a
workers visa program" that is tantamount to
amnesty for illegal aliens; therefore, he won Hispanic
Therefore again, he and his
courtiers reason, the way to lock
Hispanics into the Republican column is to keep on
pandering, and that is why, no sooner was the election
over, the administration announced it would revive the
As political analyst Steve Sailer
argued on VDARE.COM, there are
strong reasons to doubt that Mr. Bush really did win
44 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally, and as
I have argued myself, even if he did win that much,
there is absolutely no reason to think it was because of
what the president said or did about immigration or
But there`s no reason either to
rehearse those arguments again. What`s important is to
look at the election returns as they do relate to
immigration and related issues.
In Arizona, Proposition 200 passed
overwhelmingly with 56 percent of the vote. Prop 200,
denounced by the
Open Borders lobby, condemned by both
Arizona`s senators (Republican), its governor
(Democrat), its congressional delegation (mostly
Republican but two Democrats), and its Chamber of
Commerce (any party it can buy), requires proof of
receive state benefits or to
The real purpose of Prop 200, of
course, was to stop illegal aliens, who lack such proof,
from getting welfare and from voting. What sounds like
an oatmealish and meaningless ritual in fact contained a
powerful message against illegal immigration: You (illegals)
are not part of our nation and are not entitled to
receive the benefits and privileges Americans are
entitled to receive. Go home.
Prop 200 won the support of 47
percent of the state`s Hispanic citizens.
What that exit poll tells us is
that pandering to Hispanics on immigration and related
issues is not necessarily the way to win their support.
opinion poll on immigration for the last generation
or so has shown that Hispanics oppose
mass immigration almost as strongly as non-Hispanics
do. Why shouldn`t they? As the Third World ships sink,
why should those who make it to the lifeboats welcome
everybody else on board?
As for political figures closely
associated with restricting immigration, nobody can beat
Colorado`s Rep. Tom Tancredo, who has made
immigration reform and restriction his signature issue.
So hostile was the Bush White House to Mr. Tancredo that
Karl Rove reportedly told him he was not welcome there.
This month Mr. Tancredo
won re-election by a whopping 60 percent or
more—against a heavily funded Democratic opponent.
Mr. Bush, it might be noted, won
Colorado by a not-so-whopping 52 percent of the vote.
It`s not Mr. Tancredo who shouldn`t be welcome in the
White House. It`s Mr. Bush who shouldn`t be welcome in
Mr. Tancredo`s district.
What these two sets of exit polls
from Arizona and Colorado tell us is not what the tea
leaves Mr. Bush is reading say. What these returns tell
us is that supporting restrictions on mass immigration
not only is
not political suicide but in fact is a road to
That`s the same message California
sent ten years ago in passing
Proposition 187, a measure similar in concept to
Prop 200, which passed with some 60 percent of the vote,
won House seats for five Republican congressmen, and
pulled Republican Gov.
Pete Wilson from his
Nothing has changed since then,
including the bottomless capacity of pro-immigration
forces to delude themselves and many political leaders
that supporting immigration control is politically
However many Hispanic votes Mr.
Bush won this year, he would be well advised not to see
in them a message that
pro-immigration politics and
pro-amnesty proposals are what
American voters, including Hispanics, want.
The clear message from this year`s
election, in so far as immigration and closely related
matters were issues anywhere, is that they don`t want
that. What they want is for their government to protect
their borders and their nation from the immigration
invasion it is experiencing.
Regardless of what the polls really
tell us, there`s no reason the government cannot and
should not deliver that.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
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