Pseudo-Cons Rally For Amnesty
With a majority of Republicans
opposing President Bush`s amnesty plan for illegal
immigrants and even Republican lawmakers in revolt over
it, the Open Borders Lobby has closed ranks and rallied
Last week the Wall Street
Journal editorial page, long the
Pravda of Open Borders propaganda, published what
purports to be a
"Conservative Statement of Principles on
Immigration." Conspicuous by their absence from
the names of those who signed it were any conservatives.
Conspicuous also was the absence of very much
The fourteen signers included Open
Stephen Moore, whose claim even to be a conservative
at all is open to doubt, since he worked for some years
at the libertarian
Cato Institute. Other signers included
Linda Chavez, Newt
Gingrich and Jack Kemp, long known for their support
for virtually unlimited immigration, and Republican
Grover Norquist, Microsoft king Bill Gates` hired
man for pushing for cheap labor—though Mr.
Norquist, reportedly paid $100,000 by Mr. Gates
some years ago to lobby conservatives for
more immigration, doesn`t
come cheap himself.
All of the above of course are
entitled to their opinions, but their opinions don`t
represent either grassroots conservatives, the views of
mainstream conservative leaders, or the preferences of
Where was the
Rockford Institute, which pioneered conservative
awareness of the immigration issue from the 1980s?
Where are the leaders of
conservative immigration control activism like
Americans for Immigration Control?
The "Statement of Principles"
conveniently forgot those major voices of the movement
they purport to speak for.
As for the "Principles"
themselves, let`s see.
"America is a
nation of immigrants," the statement begins.
Native American Indians, everyone in this country
came to America or is here due to the good fortune that
a parent, grandparent, or other relation came before
Of course that`s true of every
country on Earth, unless you count the Garden of Eden.
But of course also it`s simply untrue that America is
"a nation of immigrants." The vast majority of
every generation of our national history consists of
Americans who were
born in this country. We are not and were not
Then we have the assertion,
"Conservatives believe in legal immigration." Well,
not really. What conservatives—real conservatives, not
libertarians and not
Big Business—believe in is their own country and its
culture and the people who created it.
If immigration helps sustain that,
OK, conservatives would support some of it, but the
population of a healthy country and culture normally
A country for which immigration is
"crucial," as this statement claims it is for
this country, is a sick puppy. This country has
problems, but we aren`t so bad off as that.
"Conservatives oppose illegal
immigration." You bet, so why have we heard
virtually nothing from our principled authors about it
for the last 30 years of the mass invasion by illegal
immigrants? Why has not a one of them done anything at
all in his entire career to stop illegal immigration or
demand the federal government do more to control it?
As for Mr. Bush`s amnesty plan,
they`re all for it—"We applaud the president and
believe his approach holds great promise to reduce
illegal immigration and establish a humane, orderly, and
economically sensible approach to migration that will
aid homeland security and free up border-security assets
to focus on genuine threats."
The only problem is, we just don`t
have enough immigration in this country. Congress should
shut up about rejecting the Bush plan and increase
immigration: "Congress can fulfill its role by
establishing sufficient increases in legal immigration
and paths to
permanent residence to enable more workers to stay,
assimilate, and become
part of America."
Finally, our principled
conservatives get to the unpleasant subject of
assimilation, which should be a real conservative`s
first principle. "We believe strongly in assimilation
and oppose efforts to weaken the historical process that
has led to e pluribus unum."
And, yet again, when have these
stalwarts ever demanded that immigrants assimilate and
what have they done to make sure it happens?
The "Statement of Principles"
is a transparent effort by 14 phony conservatives to
hijack the conservative label and use it to push the
Open Borders clichés they`ve been selling for years.
As the bitter and angry reaction to
the Bush amnesty shows, it won`t sell today any better
than it has for the last 30 years.
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
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website.
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]