Friday, November 9, 2012


The wisest commentary that I have seen, so far, on the panicked, headlong rush by some conservative pundits toward the false panacea of amnesty is by Heather MacDonald:
If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only immigration policy stands between them and a Republican Hispanic majority. It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation. Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election.
I don’t profess to know how we go about “regularizing” people who are in this country illegally. One thing I do know is that we shouldn’t be facilitating the creation of greater numbers of them. They are, for the most part, an increasingly strong component of the Democrats’ army of ballot-box mercenaries, and, like most Democratic constituencies, they want “free stuff”.


Anonymous said...

Deborah. Leigh said ... There is guilt among former illegals. They do not want to deprive their fellow countrymen of the benefits they enjoy.

In the radicalized segment that is predominantly Mexican, there is a feeling of entitlement based on the "stolen land/Atzlan" argument. The majority who hold this view self-iddntify as Indians, usually Aztec,. In Mexico it is used as a generality, rather than as a specific. The Reconquista Movement has gained strength with high profile advocates like Los Angelez Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, professors, high school teachers, radio personalities, and groups like La Raza (The Race) and MeCHa.

RebeccaH said...

How many illegals do you suppose voted in this election?

Paco said...

Rebecca: I believe the larger point is the notion of large numbers of poorly educated, menial laborers coming across the border, even if their immigration is legal. I see no reason why the U.S. should be letting in waves of future Democratic voters who look favorably on the idea of government-provided support - although, for obvious reasons, the Democrats think it's just fine.