The Tar Pit

Monday, April 10, 2006

Schwarzenegger wants to legalize 12 million illegals

Mark Arnold Schwarzenegger as another Republican turncoat who favors a large amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens.

A stronger border also requires real solutions, not soundbites or symbolic gestures. Building a wall sounds good and a fence may do some good in certain places. But every wall can be scaled with a ladder. Brick walls and chain link fences will not stop the desires and dreams of a father who is desperate to feed his family. And making it a felony to cross the border crosses the line into pure politics. Instead, we need to bring the 12 million undocumented workers out of the shadows and into the light. I support a temporary worker program to allow American businesses to hire foreign workers when no one else will do the job.

Funny how someone who pleads against soundbites and slogans is perfectly happy to subject us to drivel about bringing "12 million undocumented workers out of the shadows."

"Undocumented workers" are illegal aliens who have taken illegal employment. They are serial lawbreakers. Would Schwarzenegger call a squatter on one of his gated properties an "undocumented tenant?" How, pray tell, would the Governor of California bring trespassers on his property "out of the shadows?"

It's not a huge surprise that Arnold is pulling this now; he's always been for amnesty, and has been busy redefining it since he entered the Governor's race in 2003, as I pointed out at the time.

One wonders how dim a bulb Arnold really is. Today he wants to bring 12 million illegals "out of the shadows," as he did three years ago, but two weeks ago he wrote:

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.

Where the heck does Arnold think "out of the shadows" illegals would end up, if not with citizenship? Who's been reading the newspaper for him?