The Next 9 11
As another 9/11 anniversary approaches, most Americans are thankful that Al Qaeda has not struck again (in no small part due to members of our armed forces overseas who are keeping Mr. Bin Laden and his ilk in their caves). But there is a small group of fanatics in America who are eagerly awaiting the next 9/11: the anti-immigrationists. When and if another terrible calamity is visited on America, the antis are confident that they can close the borders indefinitely, and put a total stop to immigration for a generation or more, much as the National Origin Quota Acts of 1921/1924 did. We believe that contingency plans to this effect were made by the Bush administration, and that these will be rolled out by whatever administration happens to be around when the opportunity is right.
Furthermore, the anti-immigrationists will then unfairly dump the blame on USCIS officials or Consular officials at DOS, by pretending that it is humanly possible to weed out one terrorist from a million immigration benefit applications. Most of the blame should instead justly lie with those within our government who deal with foreign intelligence – the decision by the current CIA Director to disband the unit responsible for killing terrorists overseas is an example of where blame may validly be assigned, if indeed events similar to 9/11 are repeated. In the rush of emotions following a catastrophe, the antis will try to focus America on immigrants instead of the real culprits, and propose the broad brush solution of a total black-out of all immigration and internment camps for immigrants within America. This is not just speculation, this is exactly what America did in the past, so the antis have historical precedent.
Even something far, far short of 9/11 will cause the antis to go on the offensive, perhaps to a receptive American public. Those in power in the halls of Congress should remember that good times do not last for ever. Their power is limited, and their ability to effect change is likewise limited, so they need to hurry and enact their agenda soon. Fortunately, the basic principles behind comprehensive immigration reform have bipartisan support, unlike health care reform where the Republicans are united in opposition. Perhaps the operating principle used by leaders of the Democratic Party – that enacting the health bill will clear the path for the immigration bill - is wrong. Perhaps the reverse may be the case - moving forward on the immigration bill may clear the path for other Democratic priorities. The Democrats have a chance at making history – it is up to them to take it or blow it. The ball is squarely in Congress's court.
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My apologies to K.W.E. (09/10/09 ID) and any other Democrat offended by my arguably (and there is apparently an argument about it - c.f. the Iraq war as opposed to the Iraqi war) poor grammar. I did not mean to insult Democrats by calling their party the Democrat party. Feel free to call mine the Republican, or even the Republic party. Like most Republicans, I very likely will not care any more than I do when people stumble over my name. I shall very likely slip into the usage again, but, not being a McCarthyite, I had no idea why it would be insulting and a Google search reveals that it sounds a lot like "rat" is the reason cited as to why many do find it insulting, though that sounds remarkably kindergartenish and is only asserted by those claiming offense, not as a rationale by those aware of giving it. Answers.com reveals that many parties are officially called the "Democrat Party", but our governing party is apparently not. This is so despite the use of the term to describe Democrats by the press from 1890 to the present and by modern opponents of the Democratic Party as diverse as Eisenhower and Harold Staasen as well as McCarthy. As God is my witness, I did not mean it to be insulting and won't when I use it in the future, which, by force of habit, I certainly shall.
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E-Verify, plus the federal regulation requiring its use among federal contractors, will prove once and for all that immigration enforcement will work if it is pointed at the employers who hire illegal workers. I don't agree with a lot of Obama policies, but I do agree with two of his immigration priorities: weed out illegal aliens locked up in jails and prevent employers from easily hiring illegal workers. It couldn't come at a better time, either, with unemployment at 9.7% and rising.
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