L’etat, c’est moi (I am the State).
Louis XIV, King of France
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.
Lyndon B. Johnson
The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.
Deng Xiaoping (Did we really need a Chinese Communist to tell us this nugget? – RF)
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
AMNESTY, n. The state’s magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.
The happy and powerful do not go into exile, and there are no surer guarantees of equality among men than poverty and misfortune.
Alexis de Tocqueville
All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.
One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality.
I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy that destroys families that have been here a quarter century.
Our President has pontificated on immigration. I am certain I do not need to inform my readers of the details. However, I do have some thoughts on the matter. According to our President law-breakers are good. The lawful are selfish. Is it selfish to want secure borders? Is it selfish to demand the rule of law? The Democrat Party has been playing one group against the other for decades. Rich against poor; legal immigrants against illegal immigrants; the insured against the uninsured; taxpayers against welfare recipients; unions against everyone else. When your mantra is to play one group against the other, soon everyone is against someone. That is not the way to lead. “Wedge issues” divide a nation, not unify it.
I must admit to some ambivalence when it comes to immigration. If you read the quotes above you will likely agree that it is a thorny issue. I favor legal immigration and oppose illegal immigration. I believe in secure borders. I think US immigration policy is a mess and “immigration reform” is needed. I realize that we will never load 11 million people on buses and ship them back to whatever country they came from. Even the Nazis couldn’t manage that. I favor allowing those people some reasonable way to be “non-illegal” as it were, but do not have a clue as to what that way should be.
Every soul living within the borders of this great nation is an immigrant. Even Native Americans emigrated from northeastern Asia over land and ice bridges. As well, “Native” Americans didn’t all come from the same “tribe” or come at the same time. And they didn’t like “new” immigrants, often attacking them in vicious combat. So, if a country entirely composed of immigrants can’t come to grips with immigration, who can?
The immigration debate gives new meaning to the old quote from Otto Von Bismarck, “Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.” It would be good for our country to have a workable and logical immigration policy. Although both liberals and conservatives profess a deep and abiding desire to find solutions, I am saddened that much of the effort to derail the process is coming from Republican conservatives. George W. Bush, John McCain, and Senator Marco Rubio each have been vilified by the hard right when they proposed any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Is it any wonder that many Americans buy the Obama argument that Republicans are intransigent?
The Heritage Foundation has been saying that these immigrants will add a huge burden to our welfare rolls. The Cato Institute and many other reputable analysts disagree. [Source: Poor Immigrants Use Public Benefits at a Lower Rate than Poor Native-Born Citizens, by Leighton Ku and Brian Bruen] It turns out that “low-income immigrants use public benefits like Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) at a lower rate than low-income native-born citizens.”
The data show that more than one-quarter of native citizens and naturalized citizens in poverty receive Medicaid, but only about one in five non-citizens do so. About two-thirds of low-income citizen children receive health insurance through Medicaid or CHIP, while about half of non-citizen children do so. Low-income non-citizen immigrants are the least likely to receive Medicaid or CHIP. Benefit use by poor immigrants was low even before the 1996 welfare reform, suggesting that eligibility factors are not the only reason for low levels of benefit use by non-citizen immigrants.
My friends, this is a complex issue. Its solution or failure cannot rest on a single word – “amnesty.” Like it or not – and I don’t – there must be a path to “citizenship/legal status/non-illegal status” – choose one from column A and one from column B.