Monday, April 02, 2007

Anti-Illegal-Immigration, Not Anti-Immigration

If you said the over/under on how much of a New York Times editorial I could was two sentences, then "under" was the smart bet. In something called an "Editorial Observer," Lawrence Downes begins:

Everybody said that the nation’s anti-immigrant fever was going to spread to Texas this year.
I am as much for border security as the next much-maligned conservative, but I (along with many of the rest of them) have nothing against immigrants. Our gripe is with illegal immigrants and those in the United States--whether employers or activist groups--who facilitate their entrance and permanence in the country. Failing to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration is a disservice to the debate about immigration reform.

The editorial goes on to discuss the alliance that has formed between pro-business Republicans and the pro-illegal-immigrant (my word) groups in favor of reforms that Downes describes as "that blend of border toughness and pro-immigrant fairness that Republicans elsewhere deride as 'amnesty.'" Money quote:
The story dates to last year. It has to do, as Megan Headley wrote in The Texas Observer, with pro-business Republicans realizing that anti-immigrant fervor “threatened to purge Texas of the workers that pluck chickens, build houses, and make some people very rich.”

There is nothing so sacred about plucked chickens or new homes or the wealth of those who employ illegal aliens in pursuit of their own riches that should condone the flouting of immigration laws. For more on immigration reform, read here.


Fritz said...

There is nothing wrong being Pro Sovereignty. The anti-immigration trope is a political metaphor used to avoid the negative effects of illegal Mexican immigration.

mantra77 said...

If you go against your group interests while black you're an uncle tom, if you do so while white you're open-minded. If you express group interests while black you're standing up for your people, if you do so while white you're racist.

"Liberals and respectable conservatives say there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries."

"The Netherlands and Belgium are as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them."

"Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites."

"What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?"

"How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?"

"And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?"

"But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews."

"They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white."

"Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white."