Thursday, May 27, 2010
By Walter Moore
America has finally reached the tipping point on illegal immigration.
Amnesty apologists and open-borders advocates successfully avoided debate for years merely by name-calling. They silenced a nation with a single word: “racist.” Their nouveau McCarthyism intimidated most people into saying nothing at all about the many negative effects of having millions of Mexicans stream across our border.
But America isn’t buying it anymore.
Arizona’s legislators and governor showed they had guts to do what America’s Congress and President refused to do: enforce the nation’s immigration laws. Arizona refuses to continue kowtowing to bullies who tried to brainwash a nation into believing sovereignty is racism.
And America agrees with Arizona. America’s had enough. America’s not falling for the fiction any longer -- and that is panicking the open borders crowd.
You see, the open borders advocates can’t justify their position with law, facts or logic. They were counting on verbal intimidation. When the “racist” card finally stopped working, they pulled out a new one: “Nazi.” That backfired miserably.
So did the claim that Arizona’s law supposedly adopted some novel, incomprehensible standard for questioning people about their immigration status. “Reasonable suspicion,” as yours truly pointed out, has been around since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Terry v. Ohio in the 1960s. Courts, moreover, have applied that standard in immigration cases for decades.
Nor did the open borders crowd, unable to point to any problematic provisions in Arizona’s statute, help their cause by claiming that they had not actually read the law, or that, while the law is neutral, it might be enforced unfairly. That disingenuous argument proves too much. Any law might be enforced unfairly. Should we therefore repeal all laws?
Now legislatures all around the country are racing to copy Arizona, and candidates for governor of California -- the ground zero of the invasion -- each claim they will be tougher than the other on illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, do the amnesty apologists try to reason with the public to repeal America’s immigration laws? No. They know better than to claim, during a massive recession, that illegal aliens do the jobs Americans won’t do.
Instead, they’re attempting a new form of bullying: boycotts. Unable to convince the people of Arizona to surrender sovereignty through reasoned argument, they hope instead to coerce a surrender through economic duress.
The hilarious irony is that the city leading that charge -- Los Angeles -- is not only teetering on bankruptcy, but is completely dependent on water and power from Arizona. The “boycott” is thus as phony as the claim of “racism” or “Nazism:” L.A. will continue to buy just as much as it ever did from the state it has tried to demonize as an arid Nazi Germany.
All of this is good news for America and, ultimately, for Mexico, too. Our nation must take control of its border and enforce its laws. Mexico, moreover, needs to stop telling America what to do, and start reviewing its own policies -- policies that have produced pervasive poverty, unspeakable violence (e.g., beheadings), and a perpetual exodus of impoverished, uneducated people northward.
The murder of Jamiel Shaw, II by an illegal alien gang member should have been enough to tip public opinion. Ditto the murder of the Bologna family a short time thereafter, again by an illegal alien gang member.
Instead, it apparently took the collapse of the economy, and the relentless demands of people who move here and expect us to learn their language rather than bothering to learn ours. Enough is enough.
Whatever the exact cause, we have reached the tipping point, and not a moment too soon. America now demands that its elected officials enforce our nation’s immigration laws. No amnesty. No sanctuary cities. No more name-calling. Just enforce the law and secure the border, already.