It strikes me more and more every day that the country’s so-called leaders have no intention of dealing with illegal immigration except to give illegals citizenship and to encourage (or at least not discourage) more such immigration. The liberal/left/Democratic forces pushing this are strong and determined and disciplined, and very few Republicans seem to have the will or even the inclination to resist. Whether this is because these Republicans stupidly think support of the bill will gain them votes (my perception is that if a voter is faced with a choice between a real Democrat and a fake one, he/she will go for the real one every time—I forget who first said that, but it wasn’t me), or whether these Republicans actually believe in the principal behind the bill, or whether they’ve been paid off in some way, at this point I neither know or care. I feel a steamroller effect, and would be very surprised if some bill involving a path to citizenship and weak lip service to border security isn’t passed.
I see this as an economic disaster for the country, and a societal one as well. The latter is not because of some innate flaw in Hispanics (which I don’t think exists), it’s because of our own lack of insistence on cultural assimilation, a decision we seem to have made at some point in my own lifetime decades ago although I can’t date it exactly. That decision has done neither the country nor the Hispanics who have come here (legally or illegally) any good, although some may perceive it that way.
But when I try to think what would be the solution to the issue of what to do with the many many illegal immigrants and their children who already live here, it’s a problem so knotty that I’ve not heard a good suggestion that seems doable. We clearly don’t had the will or intent to deport every last one of them and build some sort of fence so high that no one could scale it and so deep that no one could tunnel under it. It just seems like the horse left the barn on these issues so long ago that there’s no recovering it. So at least part of the impetus for the bills that have been under consideration lately is widespread despair at the prospect of solving a problem that got out of hand ages ago.
[Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.]