Run for the Border
POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:51am
Until 1875, if you could get to America, you could stay in America. Since then, we have tried to regulate, limit and control immigration. At Ellis Island…it worked.
On the Rio Grande…it’s been a long running joke…
And with President Calderon of Mexico visiting Washington, the subject, and Arizona’s recent reaction to it, was on everyone’s mind.
While the president is not a fan of the new Arizona law, he admitted it was an understandable reaction to the utter national failure to control the border that is a leaky as a British Petroleum oil rig.
Since 1986, the US has passed seven amnesties for illegal immigrants.
The Republican Party platform calls for a tighter border, and stiffer employer identification programs.
In 2007, President Bush supported the McCain-Kennedy bill to regulate illegal immigration and provide a path to citizenship.
President Obama is on record supporting a similar effort to the failed 2007 bill.
And meanwhile illegal immigrants build our homes, grow our food, fix our roads and fill hard to fill jobs, and everyone looks the other way until a state like Arizona acts.
No wonder real reform is more honored in the breach than the observance.
While the President has promised to push for real immigration reform, there is no bill in the hopper, no legislative strategy planned, no public events scheduled.
And more and more states are looking at Arizona and saying, why not?