Sent by Rodolfo on 08-16-2006:
I stood in line, paid my fees, and EARNED my citizenship. But
that wasn't enough: I didn't know the language so I went to
school, finished my Master's Degree and will be through with
my Ph.D. in another year. I cannot imagine anyone who went
through what I did supporting people who SNUCK in with
other people's Social Security. And now, illegals who won't
even learn English say they have the right to citizenship?
You want citizenship? Stand in line or go to Iraq. I CAN
CLEAN MY OWN TOILET, thank you!
The cover says it all: two fists ripping a hole in the American flag. And with that striking image, Time magazine just may have started a revolution in the mainstream presss attitude towards illegal immigration.
For decades, public outrage over illegal immigration met only scorn or indifference from the elite media. The New York Times recently dismissed opponents of border trespassing as the
what part of illegal dont you understand crowd. But with its September 20 cover story, WHO LEFT THE DOOR OPEN?, Time magazine has crossed over to the other side. The 9,000-plus-word article meticulously documents the destruction wrought by illegal aliens. More important, it seethes with indignation at the Bush administrations unwillingness to stop that destruction. The storys tonecalling border trespassers invaders, who seek to mask their unlawful presencewas once confined to the ghetto of talk radio. No longer. And if Timethat venerable voice of the establishmentcan fume that it is outrageously easy to sneak in, maybe politicians will start to pay attention when the public voices the same complaint.
WHO LEFT THE DOOR OPEN? explodes every myth that open-borders proponents churn out. The most crucial one is the we cant turn off the flow myth. According to this lie, the border invasion is an unstoppable fact of nature that has nothing to do with government action or inaction. The only solution, say the apologists, is to legalize illegality.
Time is having none of it. Whos to blame for all the intruders? the magazine asks. The problem is one of the U.S.s own making. The government doesnt want to fix it. The biggest cause of border trespassing, argues Time, is the governments decades-long refusal to enforce the law against employing illegal aliens. Simple solutionslike a fraud-proof Social Security cardhave never been tried.
Second biggest myth of the open-borders advocates: illegals take jobs Americans spurn. Wrong again, says Time. Its bottom-of-the-barrel wage rates, not hard work, that American workers reject.
Third myth: illegal aliens are an economic plus for the country because they cheerfully provide inexpensive services that raise everyones standard of living. Give me a break! guffaws Time. WHO LEFT THE DOOR OPEN? catalogues the costs to the public: increased risk of terrorism; local hospitals driven out of business by border interlopers demanding free care; police forces and county jails reeling under the burden of illegal-alien rapists, murderers, bank robbers, and car thieves; Southwestern ranchers and homeowners who daily face revolting mounds of personal refuse on their property, not to mention broken fences and missing property; and a corrosive assault on the U.S. tradition of encouraging legal immigration.
Fourth myth: the demonization of Proposition 187. No lie is dearer to the elite press than the charge that only a nativist bigot would object to illegals exploitation of Americas public largesse. So Californias 1994 passage of Proposition 187denying taxpayer-funded goods like free education and free hospital treatment to illegal alienshas until now been characterized as one of the darkest moments in Americas long history of racism towards people of color. And along comes Time and actually sympathizes with public anger over the illegal capture of benefits. The governments failure to enforce immigration laws breeds anger and resentment among citizens who cant understand why illegal aliens often receive government-funded health care, education benefits and subsidized housing, says the magazine. Presumably, Time is not joining the assault on a current Arizona referendum to require proof of citizenship for voting and welfare receipta cheeky populist demand to obey existing law.
Times groundbreaking story shreds the Bush administrations justification for its recent amnesty proposal: weve tried enforcement of entry laws, and it doesnt work. No, responds Time: neither yours nor any previous administration has ever tried enforcement. And what is worse, notes the magazine, the recent amnesty proposal has served only to double the rate of illegal entry.
The lock on elite opinion has been broken. Let the debate begin.