There are many areas in which the American political class does not deal honestly with her citizens. Immigration is one of the worst. Deceit and disrespect flow from both parties. John McCain, who previously regarded serious enforcement of immigration law as morally equivalent to hunting Mexicans for sport, suddenly supports a bill that would allow Arizona police to arrest people on the “reasonable suspicion” they’re in the country illegally. While contemplating the southern horizon last week, he realized it would be greatly improved by the addition of a massive wall, tastefully decorated with three thousand National Guard troops. None of these border security revelations would have occurred to McCain if not for a surprisingly strong challenge from J.D. Hayworth, and they would not long survive his re-election…

There are cold, practical reasons to intensify our efforts to control the border and reduce our illegal population. The massive entitlement state constructed over the last few decades has transformed illegal residents into a liability we cannot afford. The already-overstressed hospitals of the South and West will soon feel the baseball bat of ObamaCare slamming into the backs of their heads. The unsustainable trinity of Social Security, Medicare, and ObamaCare will eventually drain the funding from other welfare programs, eroding the already deplorable living conditions of many illegal families. A nation battling twenty percent real unemployment cannot absorb a flood of low-skilled, low-paid illegal labor. Life on the other side of the border may be awful, but we can best render assistance to the impoverished people of the world by getting our economy firing on all cylinders again. Airline safety briefings always remind you to secure your own oxygen mask before attempting to assist anyone else.