That Hillary Immigration Ploy
It`s beginning to dawn, even on
American politicians, that you cannot have something
like 34 million immigrants in the country and not expect
immigration to become a major political issue.
The latest politician in whose
brain this insight has blossomed is the junior senator
from New York and very possibly the next president of
the United States: Mrs.
William J. Clinton, popularly known as "Hillary."
The Washington Times reports
"Hillary goes conservative on immigration,"
[by Charles Hurt, December 13, 2004] which means, in
case you`re the
kind of "conservative" who thinks
mass immigration is a good thing, that she is
opposed to immigration.
Or at least that is what the noises
she is making about the issue would suggest.
Mrs. Clinton, widely
suspected of being the next Democratic presidential
nominee in a year when the incumbent Republican leaves
office, has a pretty good chance of being the next
president, and it`s interesting she`s making the noises
on immigration she is.
In 2002, Mrs. Clinton won the New
York Senate race with some 85 percent of the state`s
That by itself would suggest that
Hispanics are a major constituency for her, at least in
the state and probably nationally, and that she really
doesn`t want to alienate them by being against more
Then again, maybe Mrs. Clinton is
just a little
smarter than a good many of the Republicans who
adhere to the Open Borders lobby propaganda lines that
Hispanics are necessarily for immigration and
Maybe so, but even if she`s
thinking about making immigration control a major part
of her future
political strategy, she seems to have a ways to go
before she figures out how to do it. Consider, for
example, some of what she`s been saying, as the Times
Almost everything Mrs. Clinton has
said about the issue centers on illegal immigration.
That`s fine as far as it goes, but most experts and
political leaders who are serious about the issue
understand that illegal immigration is only part of the
problem. The even more
massive legal immigration causes the same problems
In a recent interview on WABC
radio, the Times reports Mrs. Clinton as saying,
"I am, you know, adamantly against illegal
Yes, but you see, no knowledgeable
really against illegal immigration would say he`s
"against illegal immigrants." It`s immigration, not
the immigrants, that`s objectionable. Being
"anti-immigrant" is in fact a canard the
Open Borders lobby uses to claim that supporters of
immigration control just dislike the immigrants
In the same interview, she also
we have to make some tough decisions as a country, and
one of them ought to be coming up with a much better
entry-and-exit system so that if we`re going to let
people in for the work that otherwise would not be done,
let`s have a system that keeps track of them."
Yes, well, that`s more or less what
President Bush claims he`s proposing in his
"guest worker" program that is really
an amnesty for illegals. The problem with the kind
of guest worker or "entry and exit" programs
they`re proposing is that they`re all
entry and no exit. Once the immigrants come in, no
one will be able to
make them go back.
Mrs. Clinton may or may not be
serious about her
new noises against immigration. Personally I hope
she is and that she learns more about it and thinks it
through a bit more than she seems to have done.
But what`s really significant about
her immigration control posturing is that it`s happening
"She`s not a dumb woman," a
spokesman for immigration control champion
Tom Tancredo told the Times. "She`s got a
great liberal base, and she realizes there`s no better
way to draw in more conservative voters. She has really
come out to the forefront on that."
After years of trying to explain to
the leadership of the Republican Party that mass
immigration is not only a danger to our
national security and
identity, conservatives may now be on the eve of
finding that the person who has really paid attention is
most conservatives loathe.
In fact, that outcome was probably
neo-cons badgered the Republicans into ignoring the
immigration issue totally, it was probably only a matter
of time before someone
not at all a conservative perceived what the
immigration issue could gain him (or
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