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I must commend ID's fairness in not dipping into the partisan name-calling and in actually analyzing (along cost-benefit lines) the merits of an Obama, Clinton or McCain Presidency (see 03/26/08 comment). Aside from the fact that neither Clinton nor Obama have ever shown much interest in immigration issues during their tenures in office and McCain has put both his reputation and his standing in the GOP on the line with his sponsorship of comprehensive immigration reform, it is clear that the senator from Arizona is the only one who has consistently reached across the aisle to engage his political opponents. It is extremely difficult to imagine either an Obama or a Clinton appealing to moderates, much less conservatives, in attempting to craft an equitable yet realistic immigration solution since (1) Obama is, by all accounts, the most liberal senator in Congress and (2) Clinton is quite possibly the most controversial. Regardless of how you feel on other issues, one would have to agree with ID that the best choice for any reasonable immigration reform lies with a McCain candidacy. He is has credibility with both Democrats and Republicans and has already shown that, for him, principles trump political affiliation. We only have to remember the enmity of outraged immigration restrictionists who follow Tom Tancredo like lemmings off of a cliff to the prospect of a McCain presidency to know that he is the right choice in November.
Christine Flowers, Esq.
I had to laugh out loud at Jim Robert's letter's (03/26/08 ID) use of scripture to defend Mr. Tanton and his nativist opinion ("Enter ye in at the strait gate" (Matthew 7:13)). In that context Jesus was talking about entering the kingdom of heaven, not the US (and they aren't the same). Anyone who knows anything about our immigration laws knows that they are anything but "straight." A more informative passage from Jesus would be later in
the same gospel of Matthew (chap. 25) where he tells a story about the end of the age when Jesus "comes in his glory" to judge "the nations." He separates them into the righteous and the unrighteous, calling them the sheep and the goats. To the righteous, he says, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. ... For I was a stranger and you invited me in ... To the unrighteous, he says, ... For I was a stranger and you did not invite me in ... Jesus spoke a lot more about the "weightier matters of the law" such as "justice, mercy, and faith" (Matthew 23) than about our adherence to unjust, punitive, and merciless immigration ordinances. Where the law is unjust, it should be changed, not held up as some sort of measure of morality.
Roger McCrummen, Esq.
Without in any way, endorsing any position of Congressman Tom Tancredo or Lou Dobbs, I respond to Robert Yang's letter (03/26/08 ID) questioning the validity of Mssrs Tancredo and Dobbs' ancestors as they "set foot here," and comparing them and their ancestors to "recently arrived immi- grants" (sic). (Note: As to those "immi- grants" to which Mr. Yang's letter refers - surely his letter means legal immigrants, because illegals are not "immi- grants" - that term having been semantically settled long ago in ID.) I believe the difference is that Mssrs Tancredo and Dobbs' ancestors most likely entered the United States legally, through the immigration process prevailing at the time they sought entry. Or, if by chance either can trace his family roots back to the Pilgrims, or other new world settlers, it must be remembered that in those times there were no immigration laws in America and therefore the Pilgrims and their prodigy were not per se "illegal" on the American shore. The "native Americans" never “owned” the land – it is only under present law that anyone claims title to property. In fact, nobody “owns” the land of the world, except by law. In reality, we are only temporary caretakers, maintaining the land, the law, and the order of society for the period in history in which we live. The dynasties of China are a perfect example of the ebb and flow of control over the same pieces of land over the last 8,000 years. Like the dynasties of China, control of the United States will no doubt be wrested away to other forms of governance and two thousand years from now, when the squabbles about illegal immigration in the 2000's are long forgotten, immigration policies will have little or no significance in the annals of recorded history.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Honza Prchal's March 25 letter lists three suggested examples as to how one might allegedly prefer European immigrants without being a racist. These are: "Christian Chauvinism", "anti-racist humanism", and "social democratic solidarity". If "Christian Chauvinism" means pride in one's Christian identity and belief, for example, are there not tens or hundreds of millions of dedicated, believing Christians in non-European countries such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Indonesia, East Timor, South Africa and throughout Latin America? Or does Mr. Prchal's letter's definition of "Christian" exclude members of the Roman Catholic church? Admittedly, that would narrow down the field of non-European Christians somewhat. Turning to "anti-racist humanism", is there such a thing as "racist humanism"? Even if "anti-racist humanism" had some meaning, what evidence is there that only Europeans belong to that persuasion? Are there no "anti-racist humanists" outside Europe whose presence might be welcome in America? Finally, "social democratic solidarity", Here, I am totally confused. Is this a political party of some sort? If so, are non-Europeans not allowed to join? Mr. Prchal's letter's examples of how one can supposedly prefer European immigrants without being racist, are, to the extent that they are comprehensible at all, more than a little bit thin.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I strongly disagree that McCain would be the best bet from the immigration persective (see 03/26/08 comment). I don't think he would want to anger his base so soon after taking office. And his base would be furious if he tried to do comprehensive immigration reform. Plus, he has stated that he "gets it," and would not do such reform unless and until the border were secure, which will be a long, long time, (e.g., 100 years). Based on what I have heard to date, I still think Obama has the best policy on immigraton, and the best chance of getting something passed.
I take issue with ID's analysis of which candidate would be best for immigration interests, because it is based solely on congressional make-up and political speculation ("A President McCain may well want to work on immigration early on to show that he is a centrist President ..."?) (03/26/08 ID comment). What about the policies the candidates would pursue? Near the beginning of the election cycle, ID published an excellent article that summarized the views of all of the candidates on immigration. I read that article with great interest, and decided that the views of Senator Obama were probably the most enlightened and his goals for immigration policy were the best of the bunch. At that time, I was leaning toward Senator Clinton personally, so I was not altogether pleased to see Obama's policy as better than hers. As for Senator McCain, I found some of what he wants to do repugnant. For many reasons, I now support Senator Obama. The fact that his immigration goals seem to me the best is a significant factor in that decision. I think ID should be careful with quasi endorsements, and I think the view expressed is not a balanced one. Thank you for an excellent publication, which I count on and enjoy very much.
Derin U. Laughter
If Mr. Roberts's letter (03/26/08 ID) is of the opinion that anyone who "deviously" advocates for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform is actually advocating open borders, because since CIR is simply an amnesty, it would encourage more illegal immigration circa 1986. This position is wrong, because the bulk of the CIR legislation is devoted to enforcement. If we mandate that nobody can work without a biometric ID card, and only give them to people that have been here for a set period of time, while at the same time we bulk up our border enforcement, it would act as a huge deterrent toward future illegal immigration, the exact opposite of Mr. Robert's assertion. Had Reagan not insisted that there be no increase in federal employees, such as border guards, his plan might have worked as it was intended to. Why not follow in Reagan's footsteps toward humane immigration reform? Also, Mr. Robert's letter doesn't see anything cruel about "enforcement through attrition" even though it's basic fundamental principal is that if the undocumented workers were unable to work, they would have no choice but to leave the country to feed their starving families. As to his personal attack, I hate to burst his bubble, but while I do live in L.A., my apparel manufacturing facility is out of state, and does not use illegal workers. As to my wife's law practice, let me simply state that our nation's current "enforcement only approach", such as it is, does land a lot of people in proceedings. If money were the motivating factor in her decision to practice law, she would have gone into corporate litigation. Don't tell us, or any of the other thousands of immigration attorneys reading this, that these people don't want to be Americans.
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