2006 May 02 Tuesday
Immigration Backlash Builds

I hope the Hispanics hold more marches of illegal aliens and do more boycotts. The marches are obviously having beneficial effects. Three articles in the Washington Post have a common theme: Americans are mad about the immigration onslaught and at their elites for refusing to do anything about it. Voters are rebelling in local elections.

Herndon voters yesterday unseated the mayor and Town Council members who supported a bitterly debated day-labor center for immigrant workers in a contest that emerged as a mini-referendum on the turbulent national issue of illegal immigration.

Residents replaced the incumbents with a group of challengers who immediately called for significant changes at the center. Some want to bar public funds from being spent on the facility or restrict it to workers residing in the country legally. Others want it moved to an industrial site away from the residential neighborhood where it is located.

I have a better idea: Use the site as a place where the police can go and arrest and hold illegals for deportation.

Americans are sending bricks to their elected representatives.

While a series of marches focused much of the nation's attention on the plight of illegal immigrants, scores of other Americans quietly seethed. Now, with the same full-throated cry expressed by those in the country illegally, they are shouting back.

Congressional leaders in Washington have gotten bricks in the mail from a group that advocates building a border fence, states in the West and South have drawn up tough anti-immigrant laws, and ordinary citizens, such as Janis McDonald of Pennsylvania, who considers herself a liberal, are not mincing words in expressing their displeasure.

"Send them back," McDonald said. "Build a damn wall and be done with it."

If the federal government would receive into custody all illegals caught by local police we could round up the illegals pretty quickly.

State governments are responding to popular demand.

PHOENIX -- State legislatures around the nation are considering hundreds of proposals dealing with illegal immigration, reflecting the exasperation of many local officials with Congress's failure to contend with the millions of undocumented workers who have entered the nation in recent years.

Here in Arizona, the House has passed a proposal to set fines and other penalties for companies that hire undocumented workers. The bill, which had regularly failed in previous years, is expected to win Senate approval within days and is only one of many plans under consideration. Others include bills to erect an 80-mile fence and a multimillion-dollar radar system along the Mexican border, designed to slow the nightly flow of migrants across the desert. Another bill would require police to check the citizenship of anyone stopped for a traffic offense. The state House, by a vote of 43 to 12, has passed a resolution calling on Washington to dispatch the U.S. Coast Guard to this landlocked, coast-free state to assist in patrolling the border.

The backlash is going to build until Congress and the President stop the deluge. It is in their power. They could reverse the deluge in 30 days and we could get most of the illegals out in a few years. Plus, we could stop the immigration lottery, chain migration, anchor babies, and immigration of groups that do worse on average than American whites.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 May 02 09:58 PM  Immigration Politics

Rick Darby said at May 3, 2006 7:40 AM:

Once again, the wisdom of the federalist system is evident. I've been hoping for some time now that states, and even local municipalities, would take over leadership on this issue from the moping federal government. Looks like it's happening.

David Lajaunie said at May 3, 2006 7:47 AM:

Oddly enough, the site they are using as a hiring center is a former police substation. I can tell you as a Fairfax County (Va) resident that this really upset many of the citizens here. The idea of the County using tax revenues to suborn our laws, turn a blind eye to an increase in petty crime and undermine employment prospects for legal residents is way too much. The local politicians are apparently clueless.

(Vicente) Fox Hound said at May 3, 2006 12:35 PM:

The Coast Guard to Arizona? How about turning Border Patrol into a military/paramilitary branch as the Coast Guard is now, instead of a law enforcement agency?

Bob Badour said at May 6, 2006 6:13 AM:
The backlash is going to build until Congress and the President stop the deluge. It is in their power.

I do not believe it is in the power of Bush to change his mind. He is too feeble minded.

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