Thanks to all of you who've put up with my almost daily rants and postings on defeating the ShamNesty bill. The people spoke and our representatives in Washington finally listened.
I have to confess that for a few months earlier in the year, the outlook was bleak. It appeared as if Bush was going to succeed in granting citizenship to 12 million illegal immigrants: in the face of all the data showing what a disaster that would be.
I'm going to move on to other topics now since we've won the fight (temporarily, at least) in the senate. But even after the White House was bitch-slapped by its base and flooded with emails and phonecalls, Bush still stood there today with his fingers in his ears.
He just doesn't get it that we went down this road in '86 and it didn't work then and this current bill will not work now.
Heather MacDonald over at City Journal points out some salient facts on illegal immigrants:
Myth: Illegals have the same social and value system as Americans and will vote Republican, en masse
Fact: After '86, hispanic population in California tripled from 7% to 21%. There was no "surge" in Republican voting blocks. Hispanics still vote 2-to-1 Democratic.
Myth: Hispanics are conservative on economic issues.
Fact: No. From Heather's article - A 2002 poll by the Pew and Kaiser foundations found that 52 percent of registered Latino Republicans supported a higher-taxing, larger state sector, a higher percentage for big government than one finds among white Democrats, reports Steve Sailer. As for the majority of Latinos—poor and poorly-educated—the more government services, the better.
Additionally illegal immigrants are increasingly showing up with their hands out saying, "Where's mine?" Their brazen attitude of entitlement is a direct result of our liberal leadership, liberal courts and liberal media coddling them into thinking that as soon as they show up at our front door, they have the "right" to come in and make themselves at home. With our courts bestowing "Human Rights" upon them as soon as they get across the border and our hospitals and government services at their disposal, it's not wonder they think that they have every right as a US citizen but without all the hassles of applying, writing letters, learning the language, getting a legal social security number, going through interviews and - lastly - waiting the years it takes to get residency.
As Mark Steyn points out, "I forget where I was when I first heard the phrase "undocumented worker." Possibly it was after swimming the Rio Grande and emerging dripping on the northern shore to be handed a fake Social Security number and a driver's license. But I assumed, reasonably enough, that this linguistic sleight of hand was simply too ridiculous to fly even with the American media. I underestimated my colleagues, alas."
"The "undocumented" are, as it happens, brimming with sufficient documents to open bank accounts or, on the other hand, rent a Ryder truck, as Mohammad Salameh did in 1993 when he and his pals bombed the World Trade Center first time round. Being "undocumented" means being documented up to the hilt as far as everyone else is concerned but "undocumented" only to the US government. Which, when you think about it, is a very advantageous status to have."
As Steyn is a legal immigrant from Britain, he has a very clear-cut idea on how bad illegal immigration into this country is. And I whole heartedly agree.
Here are links to Heather MacDonald and Mark Steyn. I'll let them offer a few parting shots of their own. They'll have the last word on the demise of this horrible legislation.
Many of you heard about Linda Chavez's article which called the people in opposition to illegal immigration "bigots" - well, you should read Heather's reply here.