Saturday, June 02, 2007

Out of What 'Shadows'? Indeed

Here's a good article in Newsweek magazine about immigration by George Will. I don't often agree with him, but this time I did...

Some excerpts:
"Utah's Sen. Robert Bennett has been told by representatives of the county's construction industry that if the flow of illegal immigrants comes to an abrupt halt, so will the county's growth."
If these business people can't make it on paying documented workers decent wages then they should consider getting into a new line of work...

"America's economy would suffer substantially without immigrant labor—including much of that which is already here illegally."
It seems to me the same argument was made in favor of keeping slavery in the Antebellum South. No thanks. Indentured servitude isn't something this country should accept, not even for economic prosperity.

"The government, however, has no cognizance of those who are here illegally. They have proved by their presence here that they have limited regard for U.S. legal niceties. So, what is to prevent those who have arrived since Jan. 1, and those who will continue to arrive by the millions, while—"while" means years—the border is supposedly being secured, from fibbing about when they arrived?"
Exactly! Illegal immigrants have entered this country illegally, they are undocumented. We don't know anything about their being here or when they arrived but from what they tell us. And can we really trust those people that sneak into the country in violation of the law for their own benefit to be honest? Especially if they think they are going to be getting something out of being dishonest? Hell no!

"Sensible immigration policy must arise from more than monomania about the disturbing fact that at least 12 million immigrants are here illegally. Affirming the rule of law is, however, where to begin because when a large and somewhat cohesive cohort succeeds in living in defiance of the law, the scofflaw spirit can have myriad manifestations."
I don't think it can be overstated in the least that it is a very serious problem when 12 million plus people have entered this country illegally and are still living and working here, now demanding citizenship or the next best thing, amnesty, and at least 100 million more bleeding-heart overreactionaries will label anyone that doesn't support this endeavor as "racists" and "xenophobes".

We must not stand idly by as so many people are living in defiance of the law, a very necessary law at that, which protects both the security of the country by controlling who enters it, but also protects the system by ensuring jobs are going to citizens and documented workers, and that benefits aren't given out so widely that it breaks the system.

"Protecting one form of lawbreaking may require protecting others as well. The city of Maywood in Los Angeles County declared itself a sanctuary zone for illegal aliens this year. Then it got rid of its drunk-driving checkpoints, because they were nabbing too many illegal aliens. Next, this 96 percent Latino city, almost half of whose adult population lacks a ninth-grade education, disbanded its police traffic division entirely, so that illegals wouldn't need to worry about having their cars towed for being unlicensed."
That's something you don't hear from the pro-amnesty crowd. It sounds just like the sort of accommodations that have been increasing though for the past several years. Anything to make life easier for those who are not legally supposed to be here... Even if it comes at the detriment of the whole country. think this sums it up all too well:
"although some data suggest that many Hispanic immigrants live in increasing cultural and linguistic self-segregation, clearly some have assimilated in the sense of acquiring one of the nation's unpleasant current attributes, the entitlement mentality: We are here, therefore we are entitled to be here."

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