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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Smart Thing and the Right Thing Are the Same Thing
posted by Bathus

It will be sad indeed if, in angry pursuit of immigration policies that would be both vengeful and Quixotic, certain Republicans succeed in driving Latino voters into the laps of ANSWER Coalition, La Raza, and other such leftist ilk.
In coming weeks, Republicans in Congress must choose either a comprehensive immigration reform package including a guest-worker program or a narrowly focused border-security bill. The former would improve homeland security, help our economy and build greater Republican majorities. The latter, conversely, would ignore fundamental problems, hurt our economy and risk the party's majority status.
It is perhaps too much to expect that every one my fellow Republicans would resist less noble impulses toward our brown-skinned "guests." Yet is it too much to hope that some of the angry Republicans might cool down enough to perceive the glaring political reality?

Reality: George W. Bush led the GOP to substantial gains among Hispanic voters in both 2000 and 2004. Without those gains, he could not have won either election. But the current immigration debate puts those gains back into play. If the Latino vote starts to go the way of the black vote, the GOP will never again in our lifetimes be a majority party.

Immigration Policy Helpful Hint Number 1: Getting pissed off at reality doesn't help.

Immigration Policy Helpful Hint Number 2: Supporting pseudo-conservative politicians who pander to your pissed-offness is even worse, unless you take masochistic pleasure in the thought of liberals running the country for the next 50 years.

On immigration, as in most things, the right thing and the smart thing are the same thing. But many Republicans seem to want to persist in trying the same old stupid wrong things, the same stupid wrong things that have never worked and never will work.

But now someone in the GOP has a new stupid wrong idea: Build a big ol' brick wall 700 miles long.

Build that wall, . . . and we Republicans will spend the next fifty years bashing our heads against it.

posted by Bathus | 4/04/2006 11:45:00 PM
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Blogger Tom Grey said...

I don't believe building the wall will actually work to "stop" illegal crossing -- but it is certain that without building the wall, illegal immigration will NOT stop.

What is needed is employer sanctions, which is more a matter of will than of new law, although the false document industry combined with the difficulty of checking documents is a huge problem.

(My own solution thought balloon: $20 000 payments (loans) for legals; $40 000 for illegals (to become legal workers, no chance for citizenship or voting).

3:32 PM, June 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, a sensible thinker. You're absolutly right on this one. The wrong move will marginalize rhe Republican Party for a long time. (50 yrs sounds about right)Bringing this question up during wartime when the situation was not critical to the war effort, is poor planing at best. I suggest selling green cards for $50.00 apiece with verification of I.D. They are coming over as fast as possible as situation stands, and at least we would have a way of tracking and I.D.ing who is here. We certainly have that as the situation stands now. No gift of citizenship, no need for amnesty, just collect the money, deport anyone without a card.

10:33 AM, January 30, 2007  
Anonymous nick said...

Are you sure?

8:34 AM, September 21, 2008  
Anonymous Rusia Moldova Louis O'Neil said...

Build a long wall! Really? Why can they get that stupid idea?

11:33 PM, April 07, 2010  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And letting 10 -3 0 million new democratic voters in will help the GOP? Hispanics tend to vote dem because they tend to hold liberal political beliefs. End of story Nothing will change that. Not flooding the nation with millions of new domcratic voters or adopting any of the democrat platform. The GOP is behind the 8 ball, not because it doesn't capitulate to the democrat voter. It is in trouble because it let's the left define the debates. There isn't much the GOP can do to survive except to stake out a position that supports the Constitution and convinces even democrat voters that their economic future depends not on increased government control and punishing the middle class and lower upper class but in getting the economy growing in a meaningful way. Let's face it. Demographics aren't on the side of the GOP if they can't win the debate. Becoming democrat light won't win democrat voters.

9:55 PM, April 18, 2014  

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