Carol Platt Liebau: Protecting America

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Protecting America

According to James Pinkerton, that's the theme running both through popular support for programs like the NSA wiretapping and opposition to illegal immigration.

On the latter, he wrote:

Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman recently traveled to Arizona and found voters aflame with border-control enthusiasm; as the Postie put it: "Opposition to a porous border may be to November 2006 what opposition to gay marriage was to November 2004."

Of course, some people were trying to convey this message back in February of 2005:

If Republicans are planning on long-term national success, it is time to stop ignoring the illegal-immigration debacle, and condescending to those who object to it. Many western Republicans will resist any immigration "reform" unless they are assured that a commitment to strict enforcement of existing immigration laws will accompany it. And a disturbing number of them appear to be ready to become single-issue voters on the immigration topic alone.

The fury is real, and it is not transient. It's a sentiment that national Republicans will ignore at their peril.


Blogger Editor said...

K-Street lobbyists want cheap illegal labor. Next issue?

8:51 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Certainly the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wants cheap labor.

Unfortunately there is zero guarantee that the only people wandering over the border illegally are just pobre Juan looking for un trabaje en El Norte.

After all, if they can get in, so can, say, Hezbollah.

7:17 AM  

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