Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Republicans Acting Like Democrats in Immigration Fight

The Republicans have lost their collective minds. The party of reason and logic has retreated into rediculous hyperbole, scare mongering, and histrionics. I listen to the politicians and talk show hosts who usually think these things through, and I feel like I'm listening to Sharpton, who never does.

The latest absurdity is the 100,000,000 immigrants in 20 years story. If the Senate bill passes as is, so the story goes, we will have 100,000,000 of the children, parents, aunts, uncles, etc., of the current 12,000,000 coming across to join them.

#1. There are only 100,000,000 Mexican left in Mexico.

#2. This is like the Dems argument about taxation. They never consider the downstream effect, only the immediate effect. We only have 13,000,000 now instead of 100,000,000, because that is what the demand is. Even if we completely opened our borders to the world, there would not be unlimited swarms of people coming. Oh, there would be a major influx, but eventually, the word would go out that there are no more jobs.

On the other hand, if there were 100,000,000 jobs that needed doing, it could happen. But that is why we do need control.

#3. We already have about 1,000,000 per year, so 20,000,000 over 20 years is to be expected. If it went to 30 or 40 mil, it might begin to seem excessive. But the point is, it won't be anything like 100,000,000.

So, my fellow Republicans, could we get back to reality. Forget the stupid butting in line analogy. We don't punish folks who cut in line by sending them to jail. In fact, if they have already reached the front of the line, and received the product or service they were waiting in line for, we don't punish them at all.

Forget the "breaking the law" line. You probably broke the law yesterday by driving over the speed limit, rolling through a stop sign, or cheating on your taxes. I'm not condoning those behaviors, but rather suggesting that you are a hypocrite to get all upset with folks who "broke our laws" with the intent of bettering their lives or the lives of their children. The law you broke yesterday was to save 30 seconds on your commute time!

No comments: