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In her newest weekly column, La Diva Ann Coulter challenges a verbal tic afflicting conservatives. When they discuss the dangers and problems resulting from our 35-year experiment with massive legal immigration, they imply that the problem is confined to illegal immigrants:
It’s getting to the point where we’re going to need cattle prods and shock collars to break people of the neurotic compulsion to slip “ILLEGAL” in front of the word “immigrant.” The reality of legal immigration cannot make a dent in the elite’s make-believe world, where legal immigrants are only hot Swedish models, Rupert Murdoch and Sergey Brin.
The compulsion exists here at Ricochet, too. Comment threads about the fundamental demographic transformation of our country often veer off into discussions about fences and border security. But the problem is who — and how many — we are allowing in legally. Most of our population growth for the past 30 years has been due to immigration, and we plan to keep it coming.
The focus on illegals will still lead to disaster, even if a Republican presidential candidate wins in 2016. Any number of our “tough on the border” candidates will be glad to crack down on some illegals, as long as he or she is then allowed to increase the legal influx. That was the whole idea behind the Rubio-Schumer bill. They’ll be happy to close the back door if they can simultaneously swing the front doors wide open.
Liberals and moderates on immigration often chide conservatives about a monomania with the border. “Don’t you know,” they laugh, “that border crossings from Mexico are way down, almost zero.” They’re right: most illegals now overstay visas. But the main problem remains the one million plus legal immigrants the U.S. takes in every year. They don’t just create legislative districts; they vote in city, state and federal elections. And they are a backbone of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
Remember the five little words: “Today, America needs fewer immigrants.”