[Recently by Brenda Walker: Mexico's Rich Don't Like to Pay Taxes – They Think You Should.]
For Democrats who favor immigration reform, like myself, the current Democratic Presidential debates have been depressing affairs. The candidates support open borders 11 for 11. Last Thursday's event (September 25) which emphasized the economy did not even mention immigration, although we are experiencing an unprecedented job-loss recovery while our doors remain wide open to more excess workers. We just got jawboning about "creating jobs," although there is no guarantee that American citizens would get these jobs. (Or for that matter that the new employment would remain in the country.)
Although immigration clearly has a profound and growing effect on workers and the economy, in the political sphere, Democratic politicians consider the issue only in terms of voter blocs to be snatched up. Thus the previous (September 4) debate, apparently because it was in New Mexico, triggered a repulsive display of pandering to the perceived Latino issue of open borders. (The Washington Post transcript used for the following quotes mercifully omits the Spanish portion of the debate.)
Dr. Dean was less directly obsequious than the other debaters, only noting that "we can have a decent immigration policy in this country." His website, however, indicates the same agenda of "earned legalization" or whatever the current euphemism is.
Gephardt's rank-and-file union constituents must have wondered why this one-time friend of the worker had gone over to the dark side as he toured Mexico in 2001 with promises of amnesty. He subsequently introduced Congressional legislation to absolve illegals of their border crimes.
Gephardt must have missed a Zogby poll released September 4, 2001, showing that a substantial 60 percent of persons from union households rejected amnesty. In fact, 33 percent of those union voters said they would be less likely to vote for Democrats who supported an amnesty.
Yet Dick Gephardt used the recent debate to repeat the lying platitude that "We're all immigrants." Yes, a record 13 percent of persons living in the United States are immigrants. But the rest of us are not: we are citizens, born and raised. See a dictionary for details.
Gephardt restated his offer of amnesty as well.
"My bill is simple. It says, you've been here for five years, you worked for two years, you haven't broken laws, you can get into legal status."
"I want to say immediately that anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who's paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble ought to be able to translate into an American citizen immediately, not waiting."
"I have offered the most comprehensive, aggressive immigration reform plan. Yes, earned legalization. Yes, temporary worker visas for workers from other countries. Yes, let's lift the cap on people coming here for family reunification or to seek refuge. And let's put some due process in our immigration laws, so the Justice Department under John Ashcroft can't again do what they did after 9/11, which is to arrest almost 800 undocumented immigrants, put them in jail without charges, without counsel, with notice to their families. That's not America at its best. And as president, I'll stop it."
"I believe that we should have a policy of earned amnesty for those people who came into the United States undocumented. And that would provide that if they, after receiving a work permit, then met the standards of that permit, after a period of time they would be eligible to get a permanent residence status in the United States."
"My family moved to that town because my father, who has a high school education and is still living, believed that by working hard and doing the right thing that his kids would have the opportunity for a better life.
"These Hispanic families? They came to Robbins, North Carolina, for exactly the same reason.
"And those who came and live there, who work hard and are responsible, they have earned the right to be American citizens. "
There you have it in their own words. All major Democratic candidates for the Presidency are immigration whores.
I remain a registered Democrat, though an increasingly unhappy one, because I still believe that America needs a party for working and middle-class people. I also stand as a Democrat who believes in the rule of law, American sovereignty and English as our civil language.
How dare low-life Dems turn the party into a treasonous conspirator with Mexican designs of Aztlan fantasies?
How can the party of Truman and JFK forget mainstream Americans to pursue the balkanized constituencies of the worst immigrants, those who prefer violent revolution to cultural assimilation?
The party I knew as a young person is increasingly difficult to recognize.
Some old-fashioned Democrats stubbornly cling to the belief that if the party of FDR examined its core principles, it would realize that worker protection, the preservation of women's rights, conservation of the environment and fairness in opportunity for all races absolutely require immigration reduction and border enforcement. But like most elites, Democratic Party leaders are out of touch with their own constituency. Polls consistently show that rank-and-file Democrats want immigration to be legal, controlled and reduced in only slightly lower percentages than Republicans. It's another media lie that immigration is an issue of the extreme right wing.
But the current Democratic leadership is apparently fixated on the demographic changes wrought by immigration that are creating an America of needy, illiterate Third-Worlders—the perfect client base for modern Demster pols, as party hacks see it.
California shows us the future: the Democratic Party is looking increasingly like their Mexican cousins, the ultra-corrupt PRI—issuing big payoffs for cronies and nada for the rest of us. Sacramento is currently in a frenzy of signing California over to Mexican interests, such as the recent law (AB915) fostering voter fraud which outlaws taking photos within 100 feet of a polling place because such photography might intimidate "immigrants."
My door into the immigration issue was the conservationist one, and I remain active on that front. I believe the Democrats have traditionally been the better party on preserving the environment, although that is also eroding under the relentless demands from La Raza et al. The oceans are nearly dead with hardly a peep from major environmentalist organizations, but the Mexifornication lobby is pushing to increase its influence among green groups.
Keeping America true to its core values of individual liberty and responsibility is the business of both major parties. But today, the great majority of Americans across the political spectrum who want the post 1965 immigration disaster to end have no political representation.
Brenda Walker [email her] is a writer living in Berkeley, California, where she says she knows no Republicans who will admit it. She publishes two websites, LimitsToGrowth.org and www.ImmigrationsHumanCost.org.