Saturday, October 16, 2004

On Immigration, it's Tweedldee and Tweedledum

Both major presidential candidates are more interested in pandering to ethnic lobbies (i.e., “Hispandering) than defending the border. The Washington Times reported recently that a group of Chechen terrorists entered the U.S. through the porous border with Mexico.

In the face of the threat, what was the response of the defenders of the “homeland?” Asa Hutchinson, who is the nation’s “border czar,” says it is simply “not realistic” to think law-enforcement can round up or deport the illegals that threaten us:

It's not realistic to say we're going to reduce that number. We don't set goals like that. Our goal is to enforce the law as we see violations of the law. But I don't think America has the will. I think they have too much compassion to tell our law-enforcement people to go out there and uproot those 8 million here — some of whom might have been here 8 or 12 years, who got kids here that are American citizens — and to send them out of the country.

Hutchinson went on to defend the Bush amnesty proposal, but he isn't the only one. Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge said in late 2003 "We have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way." Does Ridge care that they have broken American law? Or is he more interested in harassing his countrymen as they travel via airplane from Louisville to Las Vegas?

Such lawless and politically foolish talk by the administration should have allowed John Kerry an opportunity to get to the right of George Bush on an important issue. But in a speech to the National Council of La Raza, Kerry managed to deride Bush's amnesty plan as not generous enough. To wit, Mr. Kerry said, "It is time to fulfill the promise of America, so that those who work hard and take responsibility and build a better life for them and their families, and live by the rules, and pay their taxes and raise their families have a right to share in America and its citizenship in the fullest."

Isn't it time we elected a president who more concerned defending American interests than protecting the borders of South Korea and Iraq?


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