President Bush is apparently going to announce a new anti-illegal immigration policy this week. Some fear (or hope) that a crackdown might split the Republican party. I hope it doesn’t, but I dont think party unity is an acceptable justification to continue our near-negligence along the Mexican border.
I think a sensible immigration policy could really strengthen the GOP. And I would support increased limits on the numbers of legal immigrants. Significant increases, even. And I only ask two things for this: adherence to current laws regarding illegal immigrants already in the US and stepped-up security to prevent more from arriving. As I’ve said previously, I envision stepped-up security to involve military forces in some capacity, though this isn’t necessarily required.
If the GOP doesn’t get serious about illegal immigration, they risk losing my vote. And if they lose my vote on this issue, I will do my best to convince others to agree with me.
I fully support our military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other corners of the globe. I truly believe that direct attacks on terrorists and destruction of those that support them or facilitate their activity is an important part of a winning strategy in this war.
But the border must be secure. Ours is not. Who cares if we kill more of Zarqawi’s top lieutenants in Iraq if some fanatic can walk into our cities untouched and unseen? (via RightNation)