Hey, as President Obama's State of the Union address on January 27th proved, we have a very gifted speaker as our President. No one in fairness could deny his skill at phrase-making or his capacity for engaging with his audience, however hostile.
And he said words I frequently applauded.
However, on patriotic immigration reform—the subject at the top of our national agenda as we falter, economically, socially and structurally—Obama, alas, apparently still doesn't hear the voices of the majority of Americans.
He only briefly mentioned immigration in his speech—and admittedly, he eschewed the use of the dynamite word, "amnesty." But he is clearly on the wrong side.
We constantly hear, often from members of my party (alas, again), about how illegal aliens are adding so much to our economic, cultural and social welfare—while all the while pushing for another amnesty bill, despite our Great Recession (that's the new term being used by many writers for the start of a long-term economic slump).
But elsewhere the wake-up call has been heard.
Can you imagine our present congressional leaders, or President Obama saying this:
"We suffer from a problem that actually stems from our [NAME OF COUNTRY] economic success. We have become almost the only First World country that can be reached by foot from the Third World. We are flooded with surge of refugees who threaten to wash away our achievements and damage our existence as a [NAME] democratic state."
"Anyone walking around [SPECIFIC LOCATIONS INCLUDING NATIONAL CAPITAL] today can see this wave, and the change it is creating, with their own eyes. They are causing socio-economic and cultural damage and threaten to take us back down to the level of the Third World. They take the jobs of the weakest (natives)." [PM: Infiltrators pull us towards Third World, by Tani Goldstein, YNETNews.com, January 21, 2010]
So guess who this speaker was?
His characterization of alien entrants, whom he calls "infiltrators", was very pointed:
"Infiltrators cause cultural, social and economic damage, and pull us towards the Third World".
He then followed with the statements quoted above.
Don't we all wish our elected elites were similarly motivated?
The Israeli PM didn't stop there in this seminal speech, or try to hedge his bets, or straddle the middle of the road. He was just plain clear:
The Israeli News reported that
"The Hotline for Migrant Workers was enraged by the prime minister's remarks, and issued a response saying: 'The danger to the Jewish state is not the refugees, but the many Jews in key positions who have forgotten that their parents were refugees, and who besmirch the persecuted in order to whitewash their submission to the manpower corporations.'
“As first reported on Ynet, the prime minister made similar statements in the session in which it was decided to build a stronger barrier at the Egypt border"
Mr. Netanyahu, unlike 75% at least of our national leadership, GETS IT:
"This is a strategic decision, that will ensure the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel," he said at the time, while promising that, "Israel will remain open to war refugees, but will not allow its borders to be used to flood it will illegal foreign workers."
Israeli News notes that Netanyahu has been speaking out frequently in recent weeks on the growing problem of illegal aliens crossing their borders. Past efforts have apparently been delayed for budgetary reasons, although accounts of the effectiveness of border fences have generally conceded their success. So more fences will be built. And there is now a bill which would invoke stiffer penalties against Israelis who bring in illegal aliens—such as a minimum of 3 years in jail and heavy fines.
Boy, could we use legislation like that!
Stopping illegal immigration is not rocket science. It could be done quickly and legally—if our leaders but had the guts to do it.
But they know their paymasters are watching. And they are acting like frightened sheep.
How we can expect economic conditions to improve if we are still importing slave labor at a million plus a year—and trying to legalize 12 (?) million aliens here illegally?
That is a question that President Obama left out of his 71 minute report to us suffering citizens.
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.