Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Orwell would be proud

The current "immigration" debate is dreadfully depressing. I wish open-borders advocates would be honest and start saying illegal immigrants, not "undocumented workers." Two reasons why the latter term is inappopriate: 1. Many illegals have documents from mexico, and 2. Many illegals do not want to work, but want free health care, education, etc... Our public discourse could use a little honesty. Oh, and to the reporters at the Washington Post- stop referring to J.D. Hayworth as an "anti-immigrant firebrand." He is not against immigration, he's against illegal immigration. Get it? Good. It's not that complicated.

Andrew McCarthy of the National Review puts it well:

Calling illegal aliens “undocumented workers” is about as transparently deliberate an effort to pervert the language of a debate as it gets. The way the Big Business guys portray themselves as noble when they are transparently scheming to legitimize the way they are circumventing the labor laws and depressing wages is insulting. And can you imagine if we handled any other law enforcement problem in this country by just throwing up our hands and saying the functional equivalent of you can’t just deport 12 million people? Like how 'bout: “You can’t just prosecute every single drug deal”? Or, better yet: “Identity theft is too pervasive to deal with as an enforcement problem – the better solution here would be to create a legal path to legitimize these fraudulent identities”?

As someone who spent over 20 years in law enforcement, I have to confess that it makes my skin crawl every time I hear that moronic "you just can't deport ..." slogan. You don’t have to deport 12 million people. You just start enforcing the law reasonably – something that has never been tried before. When you set that example, some people will leave voluntarily, others who would otherwise come won’t, and in a few years the number of illegals will be 4 million rather than 40 million – which is to say, it will be a typical, manageable law enforcement problem

(Emphasis in original).


Baby said...

Give 'em the boot.

Anonymous said...

Apologists for illegal immigration like to paint it as a victimless crime. But in fact, illegal immigration causes substantial harm to American citizens and legal immigrants, particularly those in the most vulnerable sectors of our population--the poor, minorities, and children."

liberal journal man said...

There's an abundant supply of cheap labor south of the border and an abundant demand for cheap labor north of the border.

Illegals die every day trying to get into this country. Why don't they do it legally? Because the quota for Mexican immigrants is the same as small African nations. That policy ignores the supply/demand issue. If it's about legal immigrants, let's simplify and streamline the process and let's raise our quota to a realistic level. Otherwise, I fear it's just blind nativist sentiment.