I would not be surprised if some patriotic immigration reformers privately feel some schadenfreude
over Ted Kennedyâ€™s terminal cancer
. Kennedy, of course, was the chief sponsor of the 1965 Immigration Act where he falsely promised
, â€?First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the sameâ€¦ Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.â€?
In recent years, he has been one of the loudest and most prominent amnesty advocates.
I do not wish any harm to anyone due to their politics, but there is a more practical reason why we should not be happy about Kennedyâ€™s turn for the worse. The 1965 Immigration Act was first introduced
by John F. Kennedy in the summer of 1963. After his assassination, the bill was pushed as a memorial to the slain president. In the foreword to the 1964 edition of JFK`s book A Nation of Immigrants
, Robert Kennedy wrote, â€?I know of no cause which President Kennedy championed more warmly than the improvement of our immigration policies.â€?
This helped mute much opposition to the Bil
l and it was passed with little debate.
With the surviving Kennedy brother now faced with an impending natural death, I would not be surprised if we are faced with two possible scenarios. The first would be an ailing Kennedy pressing to get his long sought after â€?immigration reformâ€?
before his passing.
The other would be if he dies and thereâ€™sÂ a call to pass amnesty as a form of memorial to the late Senator, just as there was with his brother and the 1965 Immigration Act.
For this reason, I hope for two miracles: for Teddy to survive cancer and a quick, painful, and permanent
death for his amnesty.