December 7, 2008


Where did the illegals go and why? (James Jay Carafano, December 7, 2008, Washington Times)

They are leaving. Illegal immigrants, that is. Analysts from both ends of the immigration debate, from the Center for Immigration Studies to the Pew Hispanic Center, agree. The "unlawfully present" population in the United States has shrunk - and it's getting smaller.

According to Pew, there has been a drop in the annual illegal "inflow" of people to the country since 2005. And the numbers of those already here is going down. It peaked at 12.4 million in 2006 and is down by about 1 million now. [...]

In 1986, Congress passed comprehensive reform that granted a general amnesty and promised more workplace enforcement and better border security. There were about 3 million illegals then. Now there are more than 3 times as many. Granting amnesty just encouraged more illegal immigration, while Washington did little to secure the border or enforce the law. Failure to enforce the law, combined with an amnesty that brushed aside the rule of law (along with strong economic growth for more than 25 years) created today's crisis - one that needs to be solved.

Hopefully, no one thinks a depression is the answer (if there are no jobs, there would be no illegals). We need to get the economy growing again.

But that was their answer and they can't get the Reagan boom going again until they start welcoming immigrants again.

: How McCain blew it with Hispanics (Ruben Navarette, 12/07/2008, Press-Telegram)

Members of the cultural right have called Juan Hernandez a "border obliteration activist," an "American traitor," and an "agent of the Mexican government."

John McCain's presidential campaign called him something different: director of Hispanic outreach. For 14 months leading up to the election, the Fort Worth, Texas, native was a high-level volunteer at McCain '08 headquarters, where he attended daily senior staff meetings and advised the Arizona senator and his top lieutenants about how to appeal to Hispanic voters.

Part of that strategy was highlighting McCain's record of championing comprehensive immigration reform. Meanwhile, down the hall, another portion of the campaign was hard at work trying to make McCain more palatable to the Republican mainstream by de-emphasizing his record of championing comprehensive immigration reform.


"I remember a conference call with GOP leaders from Nevada, after McCain had become the nominee," Hernandez told me recently. "I heard them telling McCain on the conference call, `Well, we still need some reassurance that you are conservative enough.' I mean, he's already the candidate, and they still want assurances? What are they going to do?"

Not govern.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2008 8:43 AM
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