Friday, June 29, 2007

Good news from the Great Satan

Both the amnesty (in "immigration reform" clothing) bill and the attempt to revive the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" have been defeated this week by the legislative branch in the US. Rare victories for sane politics south of the border.

2 comments:

Rajeev said...

The Immigration Reform bill made sense. It was a way to reform an unmanageable situation.

With 12 - 15 million illegals working in the US, it is a bit of an absurdity not to grant them some sort of "amnesty". Surely it's a bit like burying one's head in the sand and imagining that if one doesn't recognize them, they will go away.
On the other hand, forceably removing so many people, would have a dire impact on the economy of Southern states and would require draconian laws such as mandatory checks on the street which would trespass on civil liberties.

Recognizing their existence and granting them temporary work permits means that they pay taxes, they can work legitimately and we can preserve some level of honesty in a system that hires them but pretends that they're not there.

As for the "Fairness Doctorine", I wholeheartedly celebrate its demise.

Neil said...

Rajeev,

The biggest problem with the amnesty bill is that there was no real provision contained in it to fortify the southern border of the US. That being the case, any amnesty would have amounted to an open invitation to most of the residents of Central America to illegally enter the US in the hope of being eventually rendered legitimate by the next amnesty, or the next one, or the next one. (They seem to be taking place at twenty- year intervals.) This makes a mockery of the legitimate immigration process, not to mention the concept of national sovereignty (which I know free- marketeers would happily abolish, but I beg to differ.) To throw up one's hands and say that it's impossible to deport them all is to demonstrate a contempt for the rule of law, which ought to trump everything else in a democracy. If we can't deport them all, we should at least try to do so when they are found, just as we prosecute any other crime when it is discovered. But in many places the local authorities are not even trying. --And no, checking for illegal status is not a trespass on "civil liberties" (however that nebulous concept is being defined as at the moment), any more than checking for proof of drinking age at a nightclub is a violation of an underage frat boy's human rights. If you want to belong to any association you have to follow the goddamn rules!

The US simply cannot absorb tens of millions of people of an alien (but at the same time culturally similar) background within a historically short time frame without experiencing severe cultural and economic dislocations as a result. It is not up to the American government to solve the economic problems of the Mexican government or its people. The interests and, believe it or not, the desires of the American people take precedence over all else in deciding immigration policy -- not the mawkish sentimentality of the liberals, or the pursuit of profit at all costs by the business interests.

If you're still unpersuaded, consider the massive risk to domestic security posed by the arrival of people who are not pre- screened for criminality. Some of the plotters recently arrested for planning to blow up the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey were Bosnian Muslims who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. Or is this just another example of the jobs Americans won't do?