I just returned from an interview at CNN for their report on today's marches across the nation in favor of an amnesty. Reporters told me the turnout is very small -- with only a couple of dozen showing up for the Washington D.C. rally.
The marches help put America's choices this year in stark relief: Either legalize the illegal aliens so they can STAY (what the marchers want) or pass the SAVE Act to take away nearly all legitimate jobs so the illegal aliens will LEAVE (what most Americans want).
These marches also should give most Americans some feeling of optimism because of their drastically reduced numbers over the last two years. The pro-amnesty forces are greatly demoralized by our victories in stopping their several amnesty attempts in Senate and House the last two years. And increased federal worksite raids and local immigration enforcement have caused many illegal aliens to fear openly demonstrating as they did just a couple of years ago.
I have long felt that the most powerful argument of the pro-amnesty side has been their insistence that illegal immigration is inevitable, that there is nothing that will cause illegal aliens to go back home and that the only way to stop future illegal immigration is to add millions of new greencards each year.
Large numbers of Americans have tended to buy into that argument even though they prefer that illegal aliens leave and that legal immigration be reduced.
But since the massive pro-amnesty marches of Spring 2006, the inevitability argument has begun to crumble and one ordinance or state law after another has created havoc among the illegal populations which have begun to disperse to get away from wherever enforcement is even threatened.
Nothing would crumble the inevitability argument more than passage of Rep. Heath Shuler's SAVE Act (H.R. 4088) this year. Millions of jobs would soon be off-limits for illegal aliens. Within four years, jobs with all companies that aren't in the illegal underground economy would be off-limits. Indications are that hundreds of thousands -- perhaps even a million -- illegal aliens a year would be returning to their homeland. Nobody could say "they're never going home" as politicians so regularly do today. And the main argument for amnesty would be gone.
Updated: Sat, Jul 19th 2008 @ 5:27pm EDT
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