Understanding the Immigration Mess

Midtown Republican club member Beverly Seaton passed along this article concerning immigration. If you’re not up on “secure communities” or border security, Heather Macdonald of the Manhattan Institute clarifies in this article from Hillsdale College. Here are some snippets:

The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands…
The administration will likely fight the ruling through the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and, if necessary, all the way to the Supreme Court. Democrats should hope that the administration loses. They are assiduously pretending that Obama’s executive amnesty is merely an innocuous exercise of prosecutorial discretion. But if Obama’s power grab is upheld, they will rue the day that they acceded to this travesty when a Republican president decides, say, to privatize Social Security because Congress has failed to do so…

The ultimate goal of the campaign against Secure Communities is to delegitimize deportation entirely as a response to illegal immigration. If it is morally unacceptable to repatriate even a convicted illegal alien criminal, then it is all the more unacceptable to repatriate someone who has “merely” crossed the border illegally. This undermining of alien-removals is behind the constant protests demanding to “stop deportations now.” It is behind the claim that it is Americans who are to blame for separating families, rather than the alien who knowingly came into the country in violation of our laws and assumed the risk of being sent home…
The delegitimizing of deportation makes the conservative rallying cry to secure the borders sadly naïve. An utterly secure border is impossible; people will always find a way to cross. But if, once they cross, nothing can be done to them, then we may as well not have borders. That’s why the advocates have spent all their energy fighting deportation rather than fighting increased border security—because they know that eradicating the former is far more important…
The erosion of the rule of law is bad enough. But the social consequences of mass illegal immigration are equally troubling. We are importing poverty and educational failure. If you want to see America’s future, look no further than my home state of California, which is a generation ahead of the rest of the country in experiencing the effects of unchecked low-skilled immigration…

Nearly 50 percent of all California births are now Hispanic, and the state’s Hispanic population is now almost equal to the white population.

It’s good and there’s more. You can read the whole article here:http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/practical-thoughts-on-immigration/?utm_source=housefile&utm_medium=email&utm_content=feb2015&utm_campaign=imprimis&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9F3TBWJOxU4WCigvxD0zSwRM6nv2edGRwLwdtHWx1ASVnVLir4sOhNEXQ6v_L9yh3qTBvkwlIG_2HMDEBY6hWVBXiUQQ&_hsmi=16511655

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