The next big thing on the political agenda is, again, immigration “reform.” As someone said, it’s 2006 all over again, right down to the conveniently available, often Communist-provided signs.
The matter might have sat around for a little longer, but Arizona pulled the trigger on debate by looking at its impressive levels of border crime and welfare, and then enacting a law that authorizes it to act within the parameters of existing federal law regarding illegal immigration. The Progressives (and by now that means most of the loud mouths in the Democratic party) are incensed. They’re likening Arizona to Nazi Germany for having the temerity to ask people to show their citizenship papers. Given the point of origin for most illegal immigrants (hint: it’s not Denmark), those most likely to be asked are Hispanics. Quell coincidence!
Rush, of course, instantly pointed out the most obvious hypocrisy behind the Progressive hue-and-cry: Progressives have enacted and strenuously support a law requiring every American citizen to show papers to the IRS or risk a fine; but they are shocked beyond measure that a state rife with crime may want to enforce pre-existing law that allows them to ask people to prove that they even belong in the country in the first place.
“Belonging in the country” is where things really get interesting. As best as I can tell, the Open Borders crowd is convinced that the illegals here do really belong in the country. Whether they’re making hopey-changey arguments; or “we Hispanics were here first” arguments (a line of argument that actually applies only to Native Americans, with everyone else being an invader); or “we’ve imposed so much misery on oppressed people of the world we deserve to suffer” arguments, the gist of the Progressive world view is that it’s simply unfair that people south of the Border live in poverty.
For purposes of this post, I’m going to accept the Progressive argument at face value: it’s horribly unfair that people south of the Border live in countries rife with crime, sexual violence, drugs and poverty, when we have this perfectly nice, clean, relatively safe country just hovering north of them as a perpetual enticement. And if you buy that it’s all our fault that they suffer so terribly down there, it’s even more unfair.
The easy answer, the answer the Progressive’s espouse, is simply to open the borders and let some of the tired, poor, huddled masses from down south pour in. Not only will they get to live in a nicer place (if you think urban slums and crime ridden border towns are nicer), but we Americans will be forced to pay a perpetual penance in the form of fewer jobs for legal citizens, higher taxes to cover welfare for illegals, and increased crime rates everywhere illegals are. We deserve to be punished, right?
What the Progressive’s refuse to recognize is that their cute little game of allow a continuous trickle of illegal aliens over the border is a cop-out. No matter how many come in here, there are still a much larger number abandoned way back there. And what’s even worse is that, by allowing utterly corrupt governments (Mexico comes to mind) to have this safety valve, we are giving those governments carte blanche to continue in their reckless, corrupt, abusive ways. As long as we siphon off the poorest and, sometimes, the most criminal citizens, the same governments that are grossly abusing their citizens continue to get a free pass.
If Progressives actually wanted to make a change South of the Border, they’d close our border and start putting really serious pressure on Latin American countries to start engaging in true reform. The Mexican government, denied a safety valve (plus the billions of dollars the illegals send home to float the Mexican economy), would have to reform or, probably, collapse. Clearing out that rot, allow room for true reform and real Democratic impulses, would be the true gift we, as Americans, could give people South of the Border.
Right now, all that the shrill, abusive Progressive rhetoric is doing is propping up tyrants, demagogues, criminals and incompetents. That the Progressives’ goal is to punish Americans, not to aid Latin American, is made manifest by the fact that they aggressively refuse to help the greater number of Hispanics repair the situation at home, choosing instead to abuse their own country by putting small percentages of Hispanics in ghettos in America, all the while implicitly and explicitly supporting the same horrible regimes that sent these people fleeing in the first place.
UPDATE: Speaking of Mexico, Michelle Malkin explains how Mexico treats its illegal immigrants. Unconstrained by PC guilt, it’s not pretty. Also, it was the Anchoress who said it’s 2006 all over again, and now I’ve got a good link to that effect.