Bush supports and opposes Senate votes on national language
posted at 5:50 pm on May 19, 2006 by Allahpundit
Can’t blame him for being confused, though. You’ll recall that the Senate recently voted to make English our “national” language and then twenty minutes later voted to make it our “unifying” language. Jeff Sessions sounds not so confused.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, but maybe likes it well enough to consider using it to stop illegal immigration. The LA Times says fences aren’t always effective but the AP notes they seem to be working out okay for Israel. Charles Krauthammer steals a page from Kaus and wonders why this is a partisan issue:
Bush’s enforcement provisions were advertised as an attempt to appease conservatives. This is odd. Are conservatives the only ones who think that unlimited, unregulated immigration is a detriment to the republic? Do liberals really believe in a de facto policy that depresses the wages of the poorest and most desperate Americans, African Americans most prominently among them? Do liberals believe that the number, social class, education level, background and country of origin of immigrants — the kinds of decisions every democratic country makes for itself — should be taken out of the hands of the American citizenry and left to the immigrants themselves and, in particular, to those most willing to break the very immigration regulations the American people have decided upon democratically?
Hey — don’t demonize the Other, Charles. Do what feminists do. Besides, don’t you know that “Mexicans have a sense that this is a land that ancestrally was Mexican” and that “we are a people who violate borders. That is our gift”? Even pro-immigration German newspapers understand that
[t]he Latinos want to become Americans – and stay Mexican, and the Mexican government is encouraging this. When an “illegal” becomes a U.S. citizen, and thus really should renounce his/her Mexican citizenship, the Mexican authorities look the other way. “No lo digas!” – Don’t tell me! – is the clandestine motto. In reality, there is dual citizenship, which is not officially sanctioned by either the United States or Mexico.
It’s not just the Mexican government that’s encouraging it. On record as of this afternoon in opposition to the fence are the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Why it’s any of their concern is beyond me.
More links? PoliPundit reaches down into the memory hole and retrieves a page from Mel Martinez‘s old campaign website that had mysteriously been deleted. Surely an accident. Patterico thanks Harry Reid for his concerns about racism but notes that Reid maybe isn’t the best guy to be throwing that particular charge around. The United Kingdom takes a head count and finds that there might be a few more immigrants in the country than they’d previously estimated. And reader David S. follows up on my post about illegals potentially voting in North Carolina and finds there are penalties already on the books for that sort of thing. Which won’t be enforced, of course.