March 28, 2006


Next step for immigration (Arnold Schwarzenegger, March 28, 2006, LA Times)

Here are the basic immigration principles that have always guided me and that I believe should guide Congress.

First, immigration is about our security. The first order of business for the federal government is to secure our borders. And Washington simply must do a better job of it. We learned on 9/11 that not all those who cross our borders want to share in the American dream. A few want to replace it with a nightmare. If we don't know who is coming over our borders, we won't know what they might do. And in a post-Sept. 11 world, that is a risk we cannot take. Congress must strengthen our borders.

That's why as governor of California, I have supported legislation to end human trafficking and stop the issuance of driver's licenses to those who aren't legal residents. By bringing folks out of the shadows and into the light, we help immigrants, and we help America.

Criminalizing immigrants for coming here is a slogan, not a solution. Instead, I urge Congress to get tough on those illegal immigrants who are a danger to society. If an illegal immigrant commits a serious crime, he must leave the country — one strike and you're out. No excuses, no delays.

Second, immigration is about our economy. The freest nation in the world, and the freest economy in history, depend on a free flow of people. Immigrants are here to work and contribute. I support efforts to ensure that our businesses have the workers they need and that immigrants are treated with the respect they deserve. We should pass a common-sense temporary worker program so that every person in our nation is documented.

We can embrace the immigrant without endorsing illegal immigration. Granting citizenship to people who are here illegally is not just amnesty … it's anarchy. We are a country of immigrants, yes. But we are also a nation of laws. People who want to be citizens will want to do it the right way.

Finally, immigration is about our values. Too often the debate centers on what immigrants owe us. Too seldom do we ask what we owe them. Above all, we owe it to our country and our immigrants to share our values. We should talk about our history, our institutions and our beliefs. We should assimilate immigrants into the mainstream. We want immigrants to not just live in America but to live as Americans.

Properly handled, immigration is an issue that the Right could use to make all public institutions emphasize our shared values and pubblic schools in particular teach citizenship, which is the sole purpose for which they exist. Pretend to be assimilating immigrants and you can restore a high degree of republican conformity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2006 4:20 PM

"make all public institutions emphasize our shared values and public schools in particular teach citizenship"

Gotta crush the unions to even think about doing that. One of the main reasons why immigration isn't the controversial topic in TX that is in CA--no teacher unions.

Posted by: b at March 28, 2006 5:09 PM

b. Is this true? How'd they pull it off?

Posted by: erp at March 28, 2006 5:39 PM

I talked about this on my show last night (podcasts can be downloaded)

The way to handle this issue is to redirect the anger from the immigrant to the apparatus that is radicalising and balkanizing them.

Immigration x Assimilation = Cultural renewal & growth

Immigration x Multiculturalism = cultural suicide


As nativist as some on the rabid right are, the fact remains that there is a limit to what we can assimilate, and there is a limit to how much multi-culti vileness our own culture can handle.

With a public education system actively attempting to DE-Assimilate our OWN KIDS, the idea that we can keep loading up as we have been is wrong.

As always...

Kill public education, and you kill the hydra, not just one of the heads. Fail to kill public ed., and everything good about this civilization (10 commandments and 10 ammendments) will be under continuous and whithering attack.

Posted by: Bruno at March 28, 2006 6:41 PM

I think what b means is that the teacher unions in TX have nowhere near the strength that CA unions do.

Of course, if there is one border state truly lacksadaisical about illegal immigration, it is New Mexico. But then again, if there ever was a state in which "Hispanic Rednecks" can ever be found, it is NM:)

Posted by: Brad S at March 28, 2006 7:48 PM

Brono: Thanks. You've identified a large part of the problem and a large part of the solution, which is Ecrasez l'Infame.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 28, 2006 7:52 PM

I wish you'd lay off public education. I used to read "Brothers Judd" during my lunch but now the TN Dept of ED has blocked the site. Ruined my day.

Posted by: mary at March 28, 2006 8:04 PM


I'm close enoough to Chicago to get some radio. Call leters and time please.

Posted by: jeff at March 28, 2006 8:23 PM


I'm close enoough to Chicago to get some radio. Call letters and time please.

Posted by: jeff at March 28, 2006 8:23 PM

Arnold could be an effective face on the immigration issue for the GOP. I believe (although NRO and other make me think otherwise) that the public is ok with legal immigrants like Arnold who followed the law and waited the necessary time. The GOP needs to be careful not to be seen as against all immigration and Arnold should be able to help them with that.

Posted by: AWW at March 28, 2006 8:50 PM


Fascinating! I noticed that some Tennessee school district blocked my site from their servers about a year ago.

I discovered this when I googled my own site, and found that they "marked" my site as "extremist" and/or "adult" or (get this) "incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority"

It appears that my posting to OJ's site has snared his site in their trap as well. It's nice to notice that an obscure website in a corrupt blue state garners so much attention.


Rather than me "laying off" education (it's too late anyway -they'll never de-censor what they've decided to censor), perhaps I can persuade you to "Lay on" education, and attempt to undermine the system.

Regardless, thank you for calling our attention to the nature of the industry that employs you. I feel somewhat vindicated. If OJ wishes me to desist, I shall attempt to comply.

Posted by: Bruno at March 29, 2006 12:27 AM


Click the link

Posted by: Bruno at March 29, 2006 1:25 AM

erp: TX is a Right-to-Work state, so the unions can't just take dues from every single teacher automatically. So they do exist, but are much, much weaker than in most places, so much so that it often seems like they don't exist...

All public employee unions should be banned.

Posted by: b at March 29, 2006 12:03 PM
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