Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Immigration Article Roundup

Tony Blankley (above) writes on "Mexican Illegals vs. American Voters," discussing the economic and political issues.

Ruth Marcus says "Karl Rove must be seeing Pete Wilson in his nightmares" and analyzes the negative impact the current debate may have on the Republican Party's attempts to court Hispanic voters. Marcus says that California's Proposition 187, which attempted to limit tax-paid benefits to illegal aliens, was "disastrous" for the California Republican Party.

Debra Saunders disputes the claim that immigration policies hurt California Republicans and calls it the "backlash myth."

Saunders also discusses the emergence this week of a new "victim class, illegal or 'undocumented' immigrants, who have flouted American law and apparently believe they should not have to pay the consequences of that choice."

Saunders concludes: "If Washington passes an immigration bill that grants citizenship to illegal immigrants and includes a phony temporary guest-worker program -- phony, because there is no way the government can or would remove workers after six years, as one scheme promises -- then the deception will be official. The message Washington will send will resound louder than ever: Forget immigration laws. Legal, illegal, no dif."

(Hat tip: Real Clear Politics.)

Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters: "The message given by the massive demonstration is that when the government fails to take action in enforcing its own laws and securing its borders, those who break the law start believing they have an entitlement to continue doing so. And why not? They learned that lesson in the amnesty program of the mid-1980s, when the Reagan administration and the Democratic Congress decided that offering those already here an easy path to citizenship would somehow deter further illegal immigration. They also promised strict border enforcement, but somehow Congress never really got around to implementing it. Twenty years later, we're talking about giving a free pass to the next generation of illegals.

"One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."


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