Jack Kelly sounds about right here:
Barriers work, especially when they are covered by fire, or in this case, by observation. The Israeli wall has sharply reduced terror attacks within Israel.
The nutty provision in the House bill is the one that would make just being an illegal immigrant a felony.
A sign carried by many demonstrators read: "somos illegales, no somos criminales" (we're illegals, not criminals). To many Americans, this is a distinction without a difference.
It isn't. The mere fact of being here means illegals have broken the law. But the vast majority are no more criminals than you are, just because you got a speeding ticket.
The overwhelming majority of illegals are decent, hardworking people. Though the importance of immigrant labor to our economy is exaggerated by advocates of guest worker programs, most contribute more than they take.
George Will noted it would take a line of buses stretching from San Diego to Alaska to deport 11 million people. To devote the resources required to round up all those who pick fruit and clean houses would be like telling the police to forget about murderers and rapists to crack down on overdue parking tickets. That would be insane.
And immoral, said the Web logger the Anchoress:
"We have to think long and hard about what it means to gather people at gunpoint and put them on trains to send them to a place they do not want to go," she said. "That cannot be America, if she is to survive."
The logical thing would be to combine the enforcement provisions of the House bill with the path to legalization provided by the Senate bill.
But logic is hard to come by in Washington these days, especially in an election year.
Logic is hard to come by and so is loyalty. I noticed on some of the blogs lately there has been talk of Republicans being under represented in polls and how that effects Bush's numbers. The truth is the demographics used by polsters do not do as much damage to Bush's poll numbers as people like William Buckley, Pat Buchanan and David Frum do. Over at Polipundit the question was asked if Bush works for Vincente Fox. Folks.... with friends like that Republicans do not need to go after enemies like Feingold. It should be remembered that George Bush is the Commander in Chief in a time of war and to be stabbed in the back by leaders of his own party for the sake of election year politics is a disservice not only to him, but to all of us. The stakes are too high for this nonsense.
It might be satisfying in a high school sort of way to see Bush punch Fox in the nose, but in the real world of policy making rather than flapping your gums and pounding on your keyboard there is such a thing as reality. The Mexicans are right next door, like it or not and if studying European history teaches us anything it should be that getting along with your neighbors is in your own best interests as much as theirs. Or we could follow Tancredo's advice and not only nuke Mecca, but start acting like a police state ourselves. Remember the scenes in black and white of German soldiers loading women and children into boxcars? Welcome to Tancredo's America. And that will be the end of the Republican majority.