It was supposed to be a secret!
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, [Sen. John McCain] said that, “I understand now, especially in my home state of Arizona, that these children coming, and now with the threat of ISIS … that we have to have a secure border.”
Follow that? Immigration reform, including the legalization of millions of immigrants already living in the U.S., is on hold because tens of thousands of Central American children have surrendered to border authorities. Also, because a sadistic army is killing people in Syria and Iraq. McCain, often a summer soldier when the forces of demagogy call, was perhaps too embarrassed to link Ebola to the new orthodoxy; of course, others already have.
Forgive us, for we have sinned. We thought that America could choose who came into this country. We believed America could screen the sick and the criminal. Whatever came over us?
“Secure the border” is an empty slogan and practical nightmare. But if you’re a conservative politician desperate to assuage (or exploit) what writer Steve Chapman calls the “deep anxieties” stirred by “brown migrants sneaking over from Mexico,” it’s an empty slogan with legs. It will be vastly easier for Republicans running in 2016 to shout “secure the border” than to defy the always anxious, politically-empowered Republican base.
He knows us so well—it’s almost like he’s in our minds!
Secure the border? What rot! Brown migrants? Ick! Always anxious? What makes you say that? Huh? What?
[T]he path of least resistance — and it has been many years since national Republicans have taken a different route — will be to continue reassuring the base while alienating brown voters. (After six years in which Republicans’ highest priority has been destruction of the nation’s first black president, it’s doubtful black voters will be persuadable anytime soon.) The party’s whole diversity gambit goes out the window. The White Album plays in perpetuity on Republican turntables.
That would be a significant problem if it resulted only in the marginalization and regionalization of the nation’s conservative party. But a racial hunkering down in an increasingly multi-racial nation will not be a passive or benign act. Pressed to the demographic wall, Republicans will be fighting to win every white vote, not always in the most high-minded manner. Democrats, likewise, will have a powerful incentive to question the motives and consequences of their opponents’ racial solidarity.
Immigration has always been about more than race.
Finally, he got something right. Immigration—illegal immigration—is about illegality. It’s about violating our borders (an act that gets you shot in many countries); it’s about violating our visas (which gets you thrown into jail and then deported,if you’re lucky, in many countries); it’s about forging documents and claiming benefits and evading taxes (which gets you enrolled in the Democrat Party in this country); it’s about illness, illiteracy, illogic, and, again, illegality.
By all means, give us “comprehensive immigration reform”, even if you aren’t going to like what it means to us.
PS: Just like President Obama, this guy seems awfully concerned with the welfare of the Republican Party. If we’ve already written off blacks (according to him), and are in the process of writing off “browns”, why doesn’t he just keep quiet and let us self-destruct? Very curious.