January 30, 2013
Mark Steyn explains that whole ‘illegal immigration’ thing
A population perhaps the size of Australia’s or four mid-sized EU nations’ strolled into America and decided to stay. In doing so, they broke the law. Literally. That’s to say, some of the most basic laws of the nation lie shattered and discarded. (…)
This is a highly legalistic society with laws against everything and most of them with stiff jail sentences attached. Yet a group of squatters has rendered the law irrelevant. Four of the September 11 terrorists obtained the picture ID they used to board the plane through the illegal-immigrant day-worker network in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven in Falls Church, Va.
But 3,000 corpses wasn’t enough to persuade either the citizenry or their representatives to end their indulgence of such networks.
Indeed, it’s estimated that half of the “undocumented” have come here since 9/11: That’s to say, they broke into a country on Code Orange alert.
Republican immigration reformers with an eye to political reality should begin by appreciating that Latinos are a Democratic constituency. …
And, if we are to take Hispanics at their word, conservative attitudes toward illegal immigration are a minor reason for their voting preferences. While many are in business for themselves, they express hostile attitudes toward free enterprise in polls.
They are disproportionately low-income and disproportionately likely to receive some form of government support.
More than half of Hispanic births are out of wedlock.
Take away the Spanish surname and Latino voters look a great deal like many other Democratic constituencies.