Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bush Wrong on Immigration

Obviously, Bush's plan is completely wrong with regards to dealing with illegal immigration. Here's pretty much concrete proof:
Former president Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of President Bush, sees eye-to-eye with him on immigration.

Carter on Wednesday called the Republican president's commitment to immigration reform "quite admirable," saying he agrees with Bush's support of a system that would eventually grant citizenship to some illegals.
If Carter likes it, there must be something wrong.

After that bit of humor, see VDHanson's latest with regards to the immigration issue.

Also check out George Will on the "English as the National Language" debate.
This part is informative:
Fifty-six House Republicans have sent a letter, instigated by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, asking that Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act be allowed to expire. When the VRA was enacted in 1965, it said nothing about bilingual ballots. Section 203, requiring bilingual ballots in jurisdictions with certain demographic characteristics, was added in the 1975 extension of the VRA. The King letter was sent to Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He favors extending Section 203 and the rest of the VRA until 2032 because it helps facilitate "the participation of language minority citizens in the political process.''

But what public good is advanced by encouraging the participation of people who, by saying they require bilingual assistance, are saying they cannot understand the nation's political conversation? By receiving such assistance, they are receiving a disincentive to become proficient in English.

It takes political bravery to propose pruning the VRA, given the predictable charges of racism that are hurled so promiscuously nowadays. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, for example, has a liberal's reflex for discerning racism everywhere and for shouting "racist'' as a substitute for argument. During Senate debate last week on a measure to declare English the national language, he said: ``While the intent may not be there, I really believe this amendment is racist.''

I'm really getting tired of hearing Reid pronounce everybody is a racist. It's nearly become his tag line. Will places the perspective very well. The argument I highlighted is the one overwhelming argument I see in this whole debate. If you can't understand the language, you don't understand, nor hear, the debate on any issues.

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