I am tired of saying this but I am forced to repeat it every day. There is no mandate for “immigration reform.” There is no silent majority waiting for it. People don’t care about it. Read the Gallup Poll for yourself (one of many). Only three percent of the people of the country think that immigration is a major problem for the nation. That includes both people who want “amnesty” and people who want the borders shut.
Sadly for us, some portion of that minority is the ruling elite in our country. That means that, no matter what we want, we have to constantly hear about what they want because they matter more than us.
Thus, Rupert Murdoch gets a pulpit at the Wall Street Journal to preach the doctrine of immigration reform to the heathen who don’t care enough about it. In fact, he admits that his evangelism was provoked by the unruly rebellion against the Republican Establishment:
When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party.
Cantor was a pro-NSA, anti-Constitution, pro-bombing cog in the Party machinery. His dismissal from office was an all-too-rare sign of hope for the future of the GOP.
Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor’s loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result.
People are looking for leadership—those who stand for something and offer a vision for how to take America forward and keep our nation economically competitive. One of the most immediate ways to revitalize our economy is by passing immigration reform.
That “single, local election result” was a record-breaking earthquake.
But the truly unbearable argument is the pretense that a vote rejecting everything you stand for is somehow proof that people want your “leadership.” To any rational observer it is proof of exactly the opposite—that the people hate and abominate your vision.
Cheap labor is not a vision of economic recovery. We already have a historically low labor participation rate. There are people here in the country legally who could use the work. So how would it help to add yet more to the low-income labor pool?
I won’t let my feelings of hostility to Murdoch provoke me to deny seeing any value in anything he says. But he gives no explanation for why he is arguing for residency and yet ties that to citizenship. Those are distinct things. It would seem to me that people who snuck into this country shouldn’t get citizenship. It seems like a fitting and very minimal penalty.
Also, and most unforgivably, he pretends the current Administration could ever be trusted to keep any promises to secure the Southern border or enforce any other law. At best, Murdoch’s arguments are references to a fictional universe, not the real world.
But that is too kind an appraisal. Instead, he simply threatens the Congress with an executive takeover if they don’t vote the right way.
President Obama has shown wise restraint despite pressure from the left to act, recognizing that a bipartisan approach on such an immense issue would be best. Remember ObamaCare?
However, if Congress fails to even try to have this important debate, the president might feel tempted to act via executive order. I hope it doesn’t get to that point, given the furious political firestorm that would result.
That is a threat. There is nothing else to call it.