Former Sen. Jim DeMint, now the head of the Heritage Foundation, went on Janet Mefferd’s radio show and claimed that the only reason President Obama has any interest in immigration reform is to recruit new Democratic voters and more union members.
Unfortunately, and I’ve worked with the folks who are advocating for this for a number of years and it appears the Democrats are much more interested in new voters and union members than they are in fixing the system and honoring our heritage of immigration. I don’t think we can help our naturalized American citizens by tearing down those things that create the opportunity in our country, and border sovereignty, rule of law, those things create the freedom and opportunity that immigrants come here for. And if we change the things that make us successful then we hurt the very people that we’re saying we want to help. So this is an irrational approach in my mind. I know there’s some people involved with this who want to do the right thing and solve the problem. But I’m afraid the people driving this, like the president, are just more interested in the citizenship track than they really are fixing our system.
Okay, let’s contrast this with, say, voter fraud. On that issue, Republicans have invented a problem out of thin air, one that does not exist in any meaningful way, and used that as a pretext to make it more difficult for poor and minority voters to vote. Every single study of the issue has found no problem and every single attempt to fix that non-existent problem disenfranchises thousands of voters, at the very least.
By contrast, there is a genuine immigration problem. We have more than 10 million people living in the shadows, which creates a raft of problems that everyone agrees are bad. But any attempt to fix that problem with anything other than a macho “round ’em up and send ’em back” is claimed to be purely out of political convenience. Wherefore art thou, reality?