WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 - On ABC’s “This Week”, conservative writer George Will stated, “conservatism begins with facing facts. The facts are that of the 11 million people who are here illegally, two-thirds have been a decade or more, 30 percent, 15 years or more. They’re woven into our society. They’re not leaving… Therefore, the great consensus has to be on the details of a path to citizenship.”
George Will assuages the anxieties of his bourgeois kin, many of whom have instilled the idea that we need amnesty for illegal aliens because their pastors need new parishioners, their corporations need new low-pay workers and their wives need new pool boys.
Will, like all other conservatives are hoping that amnesty now will put the issue behind them in time for 2016 when these new voters will learn to fall in love with the idea of a balanced budget amendment.
There are many reasons this plan won’t work. Republicans are going to win only about 1/3 of these new voters and Will and his establishment friends can watch Arizona and Texas become blue states from their ivory towers.
There seems to be a consensus amongst the establishment that the only two options in handling 11 million illegal aliens: the liberal model is giving them citizenship – with an unmentioned price tag of $2.6 trillion and the right to vote. The knuckle-dragging conservative model is to send in the guard dogs to hunt them down and deport them. So naturally the only humane thing to do with these options is to grant citizenship. The D.C. establishment seems to be in contrast with the American people, who are opposed to rewarding law-breakers.
There are two other options:
The first is what Mitt Romney campaigned on, self-deportation. It involves using stricter laws and actually enforcing them. Stricter enforcement makes it more appealing for illegal aliens to return to their country of origin than to stay. Despite Romney losing the election and receiving the lowest Republican share of the Hispanic vote in 16 years, this approach does work. Arizona’s SB1070, for all its criticism, achieved much of its intended goals and similar laws were proposed in 34 other states. According to the liberal magazine, Mother Jones 164 anti-illegal immigrant bills were passed in 2010 and 2011 in 43 states.
States have done what the federal government refuses to do, and the illegal immigrant population has decreased nationwide by nearly a million since 2008. In Arizona alone, the illegal immigrant population dropped from 560,000 in 2008 to 360,000 in 2011 according to the Department of Homeland Defense.
Some enforcement measures states use includes e-verify, a system that mandates businesses to check the legal status of an employee and immigration status checks during law enforcement stops.
For those who believe that self-deportation is bad because they believe it to be inhumane there is another option:
Secure the border, create an electronic database of visitors and guest workers that overstay their visas, and put forward a national e-verify plan and enforce the law. As for the existing 11 million illegal aliens who live in America, as George Will said, 2/3 for more than a decade, let them stay. They can live in the shadows or they can go back to their nation of origin and apply for citizenship. As long as we can enforce the border and do not add new illegal aliens to the current ones already present the issue will sort itself out.
Illegal aliens here presently won’t need to be deported or granted benefits for breaking the law. They will eventually all die off with old age or circumstance and without being replaced by new illegal aliens; our illegal alien population will dwindle into non-existence. Illegal immigration is only a permanent issue if our political class allows it to be. Follow the law, update our security systems with new technology, and let nature take its course.
Proud Americans don’t need to sell-out on citizenship. Amnesty is a path to political suicide for anyone who favors smaller government. There are other options outside amnesty and a police state.
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