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Sunday, April 02, 2006

IMMIGRATION IDIOCY: If I hear one more grandson of Irish (or Italian, French, German, Belgian) immigrants defend amnesty for illegal immigrants in the name of "fairness" I will begin to pound my head on my desk until I have lost enough brain cells to make their false reasoning tolerable. Mr. Ed Gillespie, former GOP chairman, weighs in with "We must not allow our party to become the anti-immigration policy." As if that's the issue. Look: People who are in this country illegally are in this country illegally, no matter where they came from. I'm just delighted to hear Ed Gillespie's ancestors came here legally. Mine did too. So when did following the law become a bragging point? (Oh, right. After Clinton, I guess not breaking the law becomes a resumé item.) It goes without saying we can't deport 11 million illegals. But we can certainly do our best to make their path to legal status more than a formality. Any "guest worker" program needs to require immigrants to pay taxes, learn English and American civics, get driver's licenses, buy auto insurance and abide by the law. There need to be clear benchmarks and timetables. Those who are now here illegally and commit themselves to playing by the rules: Welcome to the greatest country in the world. Those who who don't need to go. A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. We must do everything possible to seal the border to prevent further illegal entrance — if that includes a wall, let it rise.