In Holland, the coach of the Dutch National soccer team, Marco Van Basten, is hoping to naturalize speedily a young African soccer player from the Ivory Coast. Salomon Kalou, so that Kalou can represent Holland in the World Cup.
However, he's hit a snag. In response to recent, ahem, social problems in Holland, the Dutch have actually toughened their immigration laws. Now, Salomon Kalou, who has been in Holland only two years, wouldn't doesn't qualify.
The Associated Press says the new laws are "responding to a wave of public sentiment blaming crime on immigrants." But VDARE.COM readers know it's more like responding to a wave of crime, committed by immigrants.
"Van Basten argued that Kalou would make the Dutch team much stronger, which would in turn be good for the nation.
'The guy doesn't do anything wrong here, he speaks the language and he pays his taxes," Van Basten added. "Why should he wait until sometime in 2008?"'
"'What about Maxima?' Van Basten said, referring to the Argentine-born Princess Maxima, who was granted Dutch citizenship ahead of her marriage to the Netherlands' Crown Prince in 2002." Immigration laws may keep Kalou off Orange [AP, April 25, 2005]
But there's a big difference between the two cases. I'm not sure if it's "good for the [Dutch] nation" for the coach to be outsourcing places on the national soccer team to a young man from Ivory Coast. But at least the Crown Prince isn't marrying him!
If we were playing a word association game, you would say "nut job" and I would come back with "U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)."
She has one agenda: Minorities...whatever they want at whatever the expense…because nobody else matters to Maxine.
Then I received an email from Fred in Vermont and clicked over to Michelle Malkin's Immigration Blog to read this story:
Congresswoman Waters is fed up with our open border policy and wants reform—no I'm not joking.
Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute testified at a recent committee hearing attended by Waters and reported the events in Malkin's blog:
"'Why isn't anyone talking about the Mexican Mafia (a gang of illegal Mexicans that controls the California prison system)?' she thundered. 'I don't care if you're pink or purple or white or black or brown, I want you out if you're committing crimes.' There is no excuse not to control the border, she said. 'I'm a liberal with a capital 'L',' she said, 'but I'm sick of it.' "
The rest of the story is here.