The Sydney Carton Party: Open Borders Leading GOP To The Guillotine
"It is a far, far
better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a
far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever
"A Tale of Two
Cities," Sydney Carton`s
words, as he rode the
tumbrel to the guillotine, came to mind on reading
the latest statistics on what open borders has done to a
Republican Party that altruistically embraced it.
The Center for Immigration Studies
reports that, since 1980, some 25.2 million immigrants
legally and been granted permanent status with
to work and become citizens.
Political Realignment and the Demise of Republican
the title of the CIS report, which understates the
crisis. Bottom line: The more immigrants in an electoral
district, the more grim the GOP prospects. Consider a
few of the largest counties in the nation.
Between 1980 and 2008, Los Angeles,
by 2.5 million to 10 million people. The immigrant
share went from 22 percent to 41 percent. Over those
decades, the GOP share of the presidential vote fell
from 52 percent in
Reagan`s rout of Jimmy Carter to
percent for John McCain.
Orange County, the
Goldwater conservatism, saw its population rise from
1.9 million in 1980 to 3.2 million in 2008, with the
immigrant share rising from 13 percent to 34 percent.
Reagan swept Orange County with 68 percent. McCain got
Consider Cook County, the nation`s
second largest. While Cook grew by 350,000 from 1980 to
character of Chicago changed, with the
immigrant share of the population rising from 12
percent to 25 percent. In those 28 years, the GOP share
of the presidential vote fell from 40 percent to 23
Kings County (Brooklyn), the immigrant share of the
population rose from 24 percent to 44 percent and the
Republican share of the presidential vote plummeted from
38 percent to 20 percent.
Richard Nixon and Reagan carried
California seven times on presidential tickets. Both
carried New York and Illinois in their greatest
victories. Yet the GOP has not won one of those three
pivotal states even once in the last five elections.
If California, New York and
Illinois are moving out of reach for GOP presidential
candidates and the party is being annihilated in New
York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, our three largest
cities, what of red states Arizona, Texas and Florida?
They are going the same way.
Harris County, Texas, the nation`s
third-largest, grew by 1.4 million since 1980. Its
immigrant population tripled as a share of total
population to 25 percent. Where Reagan carried Harris
with 58 percent, McCain lost it with 49 percent.
Dallas County added a million
people to hit 2.5 million by 2008, as its immigrant
population surged from 5 percent to 27 percent. Where
Reagan won 59 percent of Dallas County, McCain got only
Phoenix is sited in the
Maricopa. Its population in 30 years has gone from
1.5 million to 3.8 million. Where 5.5 percent of
Maricopa was immigrant in 1980, the percentage is now
above 15 percent. And where Reagan carried Maricopa with
65 percent, McCain, an
Arizonan, carried Maricopa with only 54 percent.
In Dade (Miami), the immigrant
share of the population has gone in 30 years from 36
percent to 58 percent and the GOP share of the vote has
fallen from 60 percent to 42 percent. In Broward (Ft.
Lauderdale), legal immigrants tripled as a share of the
population, while the GOP presidential vote fell from 56
percent to 32 percent.
The correlation seems absolute. The
more immigrants who come in and become citizens, the
more Democratic the country becomes.
According to CIS, of recent
immigrants who became citizens by 2008, by 55-30 they
identified as Democrats. Among immigrants who have not
yet become citizens, 70 percent identify as Democrats,
15 percent as Republicans. The sooner Democrats get them
naturalized, registered and voting, the sooner the bell
tolls for the Grand Old Party.
Is the GOP problem its hard line on
This is a myth. According to a
Zogby survey done for CIS, 56 percent of Hispanics and
68 percent of
African-Americans say legal immigration is too high.
Only 7 percent of Hispanics and 4 percent of
African-Americans say it`s too low. On no issue is the
and the people so wide and deep.
What would be a GOP policy that
advanced both the national and party interest?
First, an offensive against the
administration for laxity in enforcing our immigration
laws against businesses that hire illegals. Each time a
business is forced to let illegal workers go, the jobs
go to some of our 25 million unemployed and
Second, a Put-Americans-First
moratorium on legal immigration until U.S.
unemployment falls below 6 percent.
And what is Republican Lindsay
Graham up to? Collaborating with Sen. Chuck Schumer on
a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
The Sydney Carton Party at work.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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