Friday, May 20, 2011

Americans will remember By HJS

HJS Comments: Immigration is certainly among the many super-important issues facing the American people today. We have know what we want throughout the past few decades, but we have not gotten what we want, nor has any of our administrations cared enough to give us the very best, as Hallmark would say. We want the borders closed to all illegal traffic!

People from any country sneaking over the border or paying others to help them sneak over the border is not legal traffic, no matter what our schools, clerics, politicians, and other misguided loons declare. When an United States worker is suddenly given a pink slip and then replaced by a non-English speaking worker from another country because he works cheaper, that is a crime against the United States, the U.S. worker, and the alien who replaced him. Eventually, we all lose.

We want the borders closed to illegal aliens and the illegal aliens returned to their countries of origins, obviously with some exceptions—but the exceptions are not to be decided by the bullies of our society, educators, clerics, and politicians. The people will decide who stays and who goes.

But so far, the politicians seem to play the extortion
game; if you will just shut up and stand aside to let us provide total amnesty and let all of these people in, along with their siblings, cousins, aunts-and-uncles, girl friends, neighbors, and anyone they ever knew, then we will close the borders. (One wonders if there would be a need for borders after that!) Aha! So they can close the borders! Sacre bleu!

Well, we have give in to the blackmail once or twice before; and guess what? They did not close the borders! And guess what else? The scoundrels don’t want to close them and never will until somehow they are forced to do so. And yet, according to James Burnham, Suicide of the West, principle 35 of the Liberal code says, “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.”

It is questionable now whether the “Open Borders” policy of the European Union will remain in place. It seems to me that the policy of allowing immigrants to settle anywhere in Europe, once they were welcomed to any European country, was a recipe for disaster.

Our loons have not learned that yet. In fact, the local loons who developed the ill-fated North American Union, erasing the borders between Mexico and the United States and the United States and Canada, thought the people of all three countries would love it—once it was forced on them! At that time they considered closing the borders as an exercise in futility; they thought we would let them get away with the open borders fiasco. We did not, but now they are trying to do it again!

I happen to love this country of ours and the Americans who live here and identify as Americans (and not as United Nations subjects, or citizens of the world, or any such nonsense). I have no time for people who do not. My first line of defense is our borders. If you want them open, you are not my friend. If you want to keep all of the illegal aliens here because you don’t think it is right to send them back or you think it is too difficult or costly, you are not my friend.

If our good friends south of our southern border want to come here, welcome! But do it right, or not at all! We have not forgotten that the president insulted us and made fun of us and our seriousness about closing the border. We Americans will remember that he did that. Americans will remember that he did that. Americans will remember.

Alligators, Moats and Other Such Nonsense

President Obama gave what was billed as an important speech on immigration last week near the border in El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately, it was one of the most demagogic moments in recent presidential history. Nearly everything Obama said was either factually incorrect or deliberately misleading.

Why, 28 months into the Obama presidency, is there now a sudden push to pass "comprehensive" immigration reform? After all, from 2009 to early 2011, Obama had large Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. Why hasn't Obama already rammed through his own immigration bill, as he did with health care?

The answer, of course, is that about 70 percent of the American people consistently poll against the president's initiatives on illegal immigration. Obama simply did not want to sign an easily passable bill that would earn him further unpopularity.

But now he has lost the House. A close re-election bid looms. The president is enjoying a sudden bounce in popularity after the capture of Osama bin Laden. He needs to firm up his base of Latino supporters. Presto: time to blame Republicans for his own past unwillingness to get a bill through his Democratic Congress.

Obama's demagoguery seemed to work on the crowd in El Paso. It interrupted the president's speech to answer, "Tear it down," when he mentioned the border fence. The audience booed, and jeered on cue, "They're racist," when he went after Republicans. And it joined Obama, the sudden cheerleader in chief, in chanting, "Yes, we can."

In blaming Republicans, Obama charged that their fears about open borders were groundless since, "The fence is now basically complete." And to emphasize that claim, he mocked his opponents by saying, "Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they'll need alligators in the moat."

That sounds cute. But it is again quite untrue. The fence is most assuredly not "basically" complete. Currently, fewer than 700 miles of the more than 1,900-mile border have any sort of barrier. And less than 5 percent of the border has a secure double-fenced impediment. Even with increased patrols, a recent Government Accountability Office study found that 40 percent of the border is essentially open and unguarded. There are still well over a half-million illegal border crossings per year.

In a fit of projection, the president also accused his opponents of politicking the issue for partisan advantage: "We've seen a lot of blame and a lot of politics and a lot of ugly rhetoric around immigration."

That too was a distortion for at least two reasons. One, during the 2010 midterm election, the president himself urged Latinos to "punish" their political "enemies." That advice sure seemed like "ugly rhetoric."

And in the El Paso speech, the president rallied his listeners to go lobby for his proposals: "So I'm asking you to add your voices to this debate. You can sign up to help at" Whipping up crowds to log onto his website seems just like "the usual Washington games" that Obama deplored in the speech.

The president also deliberately confused legal and illegal immigration in lamenting the inability of highly skilled immigrants to obtain work visas and citizenship opportunities. But polls show wide support for legal immigration based on skill sets, not just on proximity to the border or family ties.

What the president did not dare reveal was that to let in professionals and business people from around the world, based on their skills and earning potential, might also mean to curtail those without education and capital -- in other words, to discourage the millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico who don't speak English or have high school educations, and who often have little means of support but apparent political clout.

Even when the president offered some sensible proposals about illegal aliens paying fines, applying formally for citizenship and learning English, he was still disingenuous. Obama deliberately floated these proposals to his partisan audience without any details of enforcement, since to do so would likely turn off the cheering crowd.

So how exactly would Obama coerce some 11 million illegal aliens into paying a fine, returning to the immigration line to apply legally, or learning English? By threat of deportation or incarceration?

The vast majority of the American public is not racist or "playing politics" in worrying about out-of-control illegal immigration. The enforcement of existing federal immigration law has become a joke. Drug violence in Mexico is destabilizing an entire country and spilling over the border. Jobs are scarce, with unemployment here still at 9 percent. Many billions of dollars in remittances to Mexico leave the American Southwest, often from illegal aliens who rely on American social services to make up the difference.

These are serious issues that deserve more from a president than re-election pandering at the border and bad jokes about alligators and moats.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of "The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern" You can reach him by e-mailing

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