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Friday, February 22, 2008

Barbara Jordan's true legacy

Last night both Obama and Clinton invoked the late Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan's legacy of deep conviction. Then the two candidates declared their shared commitment to the idea that open borders are the best borders. Barbara Jordan would have been appalled. Over a decade ago she called for eliminating chain migration, ending the nonsensical Visa Lottery program, and enforcing tight deportation policies for all border/visa violators, not just illegal aliens convicted of aggravated felonies and other crimes. Jordan also opposed welfare payments to illegals, and fought hard for employer sanctions. Here's how she put it:
"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; those who should not be here will be required to leave."
The Democratic Party of Barbara Jordan was not the Democratic Party of Obama and Clinton.