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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-07-10 11:55 AM
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NY Times: (Illegal immigrants) are not flooding in as much, but they are not flooding out.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/opinion/05sun2.html?_...

Harsher enforcement probably has something to do with it. But so does the Great Recession, and while the total population of illegal immigrants has fallen somewhat, to about 11 million, there is no exodus. They are not flooding in as much, but they are not flooding out. These striking findings, from the Pew Hispanic Center, suggest that it is probably time to focus on assimilating the people who are here and show no signs of leaving. It also argues for fixing immigration, so that when the economy roars to life again, we will be ready to handle a new influx that is lawful, orderly and above-ground.

But first we would have to get over our fixation on the southern border, a hard thing to expect at a time when anxieties there have erupted into a raging panic that gladdens the hearts of politicians on the right.

It isnt just the feds. Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the countrys harshest anti-immigrant bill and went to the White House to lecture the president about border control. She raised the emotional pitch with lurid stories of beheadings in the desert. Her fellow (republican) Arizona politicians said the next step was to rewrite state laws and the Constitution to keep pregnant aliens from coming over to spawn terrorist babies on our soil. Senator John McCain won a tough primary by creating yet another new, tougher version of himself, who promised to complete the danged fence.

These Arizonans are selling a vision of border chaos and violence disconnected from reality. If it is about drug wars, someone tell the mayors and the sheriffs of border cities, where violent crime is down. Some of Americas safest cities are in border states. Desert decapitators are a myth, unless Governor Brewer, who ducked questions about them last week, has evidence she is not sharing.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-07-10 12:11 PM
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1. They won't stop breaking the law so we should legalize them?
That's a rationale for legalizing every crime there is. Can't stop drug dealers, can't stop prostitution, can't stop speeding, can't stop drinking and driving, can't stop theft, can't stop child abuse, and on and on and on.
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