Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Emperor's New Immigration Plan

Thomas Sowell tells it like he sees it. "Bordering on Fraud" dissects the stool sample that the US Senate is trying to pass off as an immigration bill. He flays the various buzzphrases such as, "jobs Americans won't do," the impossibility of "finding and deporting 12 million people," and the chaos that would follow "suddenly taking 12 million people out of the workforce." He exposes the black-and-white arguments of the very people who clamor about how immigration is a gray issue. Finally, he exposes the absurdity of unarmed troops on the border, "sanctuary" cities that prohibit their police from taking any action regarding known illegal aliens, and the notion that, since there are so many illegal alien lawbreakers, the only solution is to make them all legal:

"There is probably no category of law-breakers -- from counterfeiters to burglars or from jay-walkers to murderers -- who can all be found and arrested. But no one suggests that we must therefore make what they have done legal.
Such an argument would suggest that there is nothing in between 100 percent effective law enforcement and zero percent effective law enforcement."

Read it here.

Mona Charen takes on the one underlying flaw in American law that dooms any attempt at creating a guest worker program to ultimate failure: Anchor babies:

"Most Americans take it for granted that the 14th Amendment requires birthright citizenship, but a number of scholars deem this to be a misinterpretation. The clause reads "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" are citizens. If the drafters intended to say only that all persons born on U.S. territory would be considered citizens, why did they add the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof"? Are those words superfluous? If not, what do they mean?"

What, indeed.

BTW, I read Mona Charen's book, "Do-Gooders: How Liberals Harm Those They Claim to Help -- and the Rest of Us" a couple of years or so ago, and instantly became an avid fan of her writing. Warning: it will piss you off.

1 comment:

Publius said...

Here is the best part though. If I have a forged identification card or a forged Social Security Card it is a felony. But, remember the Senate is not going to grant amnesty to those who have committed a felony, unless that felony is a forged identification card or a forged Social Security card. They aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they are granting amnesty at this point and now they are also moving their way into the judicial branch by deciding what is and is not punishable. The Senate is asleep at the wheel and trying to sell out the American people from right under us.