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Death or Exile: Will Immigration Reform End the GOP?

Ann Coulter delivers her sentence. We take it to appeal.

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Walter Hudson

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January 31, 2014 - 11:00 am
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Ann Coulter has published a scathing critique of House Republicans who plan to move forward on immigration reform. She previews a forthcoming report from Phyllis Schlafly which seems to indicate that any increase in immigration will redound to the benefit of Democrats. Coulter delivers a convincing argument, leading our own Leslie Loftis to herald a return to Tammany Hall.

Taking each woman’s conclusions for granted, a question of political strategy arises. What inspiring plan should be offered as an alternative? We need an answer, because opposing immigration reform solely on the basis of its political effect will convince no one. What exactly does Coulter expect House Republicans to do? Are they to stand up on the floor and say they oppose a policy which will foster votes for Democrats? Even if that somehow proved successful in the short term, this issue will not go away. Republicans need a serious proposal with marketable merit.

The first step involves dropping rhetoric about native unemployment and cheap labor. It’s divisive and offputting in a time when the Republican Party needs to build its coalition amid plainly shifting demographics. More importantly, it ignores key economic realities and the moral principle of individual rights.

The unemployment in America owes far more to government intrusion in the market than to any number of immigrants. Our market’s producers operate with one hand clasped behind their backs by regulation, and the other chopped off through taxation. The rules by which the market plays shift constantly, increasing risk and thus uncertainty and doubt. Such a climate chills innovation and enterprise, slowing the growth which creates jobs.

In a free market, immigration causes unemployment no more than native births do. Adding people to an economy does not take anything from anyone when individual rights stand protected. Under liberty, new people must become their own producers. If they want to survive and thrive, then they will work to that end. Indeed, the freedom to pursue happiness through merit has remained the lure of the New World since its discovery.

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"No one holds claim over a job which they did not create." BS on that! An American citizen holds such a claim before ANY law-breaking, non-tax-paying illegal alien invader.

NO FREAKING AMNESTY. Build a hardened steel fence, that stretches unbroken from Brownsville to San Diego. Institute and ENFORCE e-verify. Punish employers who hire illegals. No public education, no medicare, no medicaid, no tax credits, no jobs for illegals. Those who don't self-deport should be rounded up on paddy wagons and shipped home.
And don't give me that tired old sob story about breaking up families. Half of them left their families to come here in the first place. Those who planted their anchor babies can take them home with them. The anchor babies can come back when they're grown up and ready to ASSIMILATE and actually contribute something to our society.
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This type of nonsense is why I read PJ less and less.

It is idiocy to prattle on about free people thriving and competing when reality is that the illegal immigrants -- and vast numbers of the legal ones -- are availing themselves of (aka stealing) my family's resources via tax dollars through scores of programs the striking uninformed Mr. Hudson apparently knows nothing of, blinded as he is by silly, adolescent dreams of a libertarian fantasy world.

And then he and his editors have the gall to fling a filthy race card to smear those who actually understand the economy enough to make informed arguments about the effect of increasing the dependency classes in America? Nativist? If it is nativist to defend those American workers whose livelihoods have been utterly destroyed by everything from NAFTA to illegal immigrant, non-tax paying (and no, sweetie, they don't pay taxes but they sure line up for EITC) lawbreakers in the construction and restaurant industries and a score of other workplaces, then color me nativist.

Message delivered: whinge about being persecuted by mean liberals until you decide their tactics benefit you, then adopt them. Ignorance feeding on hypocrisy is no way to go through life, young man.

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It's not "Immigration Reform" that the anti-Americans are try to ram through, it's “The Chamber of Commerce Serf Labor Expansion and American Middle Class Elimination Act”.
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"The first step involves dropping rhetoric about native unemployment and cheap labor. It’s divisive and offputting in a time when the Republican Party needs to build its coalition amid plainly shifting demographics."

Yes but there is native unemployment and illegal immigrant labor undercuts people who can least afford the competition. If we had full employment most people would be open to legal immigration. Our unemployed natives are after all United States citizens. We should not undermine their efforts to earn a living with a fatuous sense of guilt for the difficulties of billions of the world's population.

Republicans should strive to build coalitions of people who believe in limited government and freedom, whatever race or nationality these people come from. The desperately poor and uneducated immigrants can't help but prefer a party that promises welfare.

We have a large native economic under class and it would be preferred if these people could earn a living without welfare. Importing millions of desperate people is designed to frustrate this goal.
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Communism is a one party system.
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It must not be my day at PJ Media because I seem to keep clicking on one stupid column after another that wallows in moral relativism and logic has not ever shown it's face.
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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
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I have a suggestion. Deport employers who hire illegal immigrants. They want to hire ______, send them there and they can hire all the ______ they want.
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The author's points are valid. Immigration restriction is not a free enterprise position. Furthermore, the idea that immigrants "take jobs" is based on a stupid idea that the number of jobs is fixed - so that perhaps there were 160 million jobs here when the pilgrims landed but now they are all taken, so no one else can come. Jobs are not a fixed resource. They are created by people. Of course, some people create more jobs than others, but statistics show that immigrants create more jobs, on average, than native born Americans. So if we want to reduce unemployment, we need to increase the number of immigrants. Immigrants are 13 percent of the US population, but they own 18 percent of the small businesses, and have been responsible for 30 percent of the growth of small businesses over the past 20 years. They are also responsible for many of the big ones, including Intel, SpaceX, Google, eBay, Nvidia, and Yahoo. These are the facts. So the author is right, and the GOP should abandon its embrace of xenophobic collectivism and support free enterprise and economic growth instead.
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"In a free market, immigration causes unemployment no more than native births do."

Even if that's true, it can and does depress wages. If you disagree, your disagreement isn't with me, it's with the law of supply and demand. Wages are no less impacted by that law that any other thing that is priced in a market.
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“Republicans need a serious proposal with a marketable merit?” I believe “We the People”, is in no mood for Amnesty or any other deal at this time. I know it’s an emotional issue, but as an American of Hispanic ancestry I will be D**mned if I contribute with one Dollar or one vote to legalize Socialist. We have enough Demonrats already and it is a myth to think Latinos will one day become Conservatives “en masa”. Stop trying to make sense out of National suicide and sell it as inevitable. I think nuclear war is inevitable and maybe WW III, but if so then why do we need to have a home front?
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I am so sick of being told "We must do something about immigration" when they really mean "We must do something to legalize the criminals who have entered our nation in violation of our laws."

So here's the deal for all you bleating hearts: go to one of the Texas border counties, unarmed, and spend a few days down there in a tent without any locks to protect you. The smell of your cooking will let the illegals know where you are camped. After a few days, get back to us with your experience on the border and tell us how safe you felt and if you were left with any food after the first night. But my guess is Mr. Hudson is not willing to leave his nice neighborhood, with its police patrols, to risk his life on the Texas border.

You want to end illegal immigration, Mr. Hudson? Well, here are a few simple ways to do it:

Let Mexico, and all nations to our south, including China and any other nation, that as long as their citizens continue to violate our laws of sovereignty, not one damn dime of American money will flow into their nation; not through commerce, not through foreign aid assistance, nada. Mexico has a responsibility to keep its citizens from entering ours illegally. End of story.

No social welfare for any illegal; not federal, state or municipal. Nada. If an illegal requires emergency medical assistance, fine, as soon as they are treated they are handed over to ICE for removal to the furthest point we can take them. If they are from Nuevo Larado, that means they are transported to the far southern border of Mexico. After all, they must love to travel, right?

Illegals don't take jobs away from Americans? Isn't that the spin Hudson is giving us? Perhaps he should talk to Tejanos who were put out of construction jobs in Texas because of cheaper illegal labor. Maybe Mr. Hudson can explain how a carpenter's wage dropped from $15-20/hour in Houston to $8./hr? Or maybe he can tell us how many of those Houston newly minted carpenters he can find that speak English?

Oh, and let's not address the cost to the Texas taxpayers who support their schools through property taxes but have had to add teachers to deal with kids that speak no English, and are put in age appropriate classes although they have never previously spent a day in school, requiring personalized teaching to try to bring them up to standards, causing own property taxes to go up to support the education of children who should not even be in this country. Call me when Minnesota has that problem but don't expect any sympathy from me when it does.

And let's actually discuss not why they are coming across our borders, but WHO is coming across our borders. According to the 2013 ICE report, of the 133,551 illegals removed from the U.S. in 2013, 82% had criminal records. Of the 235,093 caught by the Border Patrol trying to enter our nation, 59% had criminal records. Those stats kind of belie the "They just come for a better life" meme, doesn't it?

We don't need new immigration laws. We need enforcement of our current immigration laws. "Catch and release" needs to end. It simply allows the illegal to go to another spot and try again.

And don't give me that crap that we are a "nation of immigrants." How far back do you want to go? On one side of my family the last immigrant was in the late 1700's and on the other side, they were frog marched from Tennessee to Hell by Andrew Jackson.

If a person doesn't respect us, and our nation, to enter legally, then they will never respect our laws. it is just that simple. And I don't want those who are unwilling to assimilate. How many generations did it take the Italians, Irish, German and Poles to learn English yet we have third generation Hispanics that still can't speak proper English. What is wrong with that picture? Of course, since we are now required, in Texas, to print ballots in Spanish, as well as English, why should they?

Sorry for the rant, but I am sick and tired of those who live in basically unaffected states, like Minnesota, telling us Texans the benefits of amnesty. And one other thing; if we absolve those illegals of violating our laws, each and every day (yes, everyday you spend in the U.S. illegally is a new offense) can anyone tell me what laws, as a U.S. citizen, I will be allowed to violate every day without repercussion?
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High-handed isolationistic drivel. Can you actually hear yourself? IF YEW DON'T SECURE OUR BORDER FOR US WE'LL TEAR UP NAFTA AND SHOOT OUR OWN ECONOMY IN THE FOOT JUST TO SPITE YEW. You make Obama sound like a Boy Scout when it comes to the national self-interest on the one hand and the rule of freaking law on the other.

You don't tear up treaties that way. You don't allow the economy to become collateral damage for your ideological agenda. Go look in the mirror, you bitter old f*rt. You have become what you behold.

Once more, with feeling: Unfrack yourself.
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You didn't make an argument.
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Are you nuts? Why, yes, you are.

Perhaps you can get back to me when you have lost friends that have been murdered by illegals. Or your daughter has been raped by someone who thinks he has the right because that is how it is done in his country.

Maybe you would like to pick up my tab for the local schools that have so many illegals in them that we can't hire teachers fast enough?

Treaties? What treaties is Mexico honoring? Allowing your citizens to invade another nation is a clear violation of any treaty the U.S. has signed on to. Or do you think we should just throw open our borders to any criminal that wants to enter our nation?

Our economy can do just fine without illegal labor. As a matter of fact, since a great percentage of them work under the table (they're illegal, you know) they don't pay taxes to any entity.

It is people like you that name call (bitter old f*art) that degrades the debate. But please, tell me what state you live in and we Texans will be more than happy to ship our 2 million illegals to you.
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Oh yeah, let's create ten million American gastarbeiters. Ten million people who are on our soil and have no grubstake in the American dream, who have no incentive to speak our language and who do not like us very much. Who have no hope of being first-class citizens. I guess you will, for the first time in American history, deny citizenship to their American-born young. That way we can have colonies of stateless, sullen teens and twenty-somethings in our neighborhoods and our cities who will be caught perpetually between one culture and another. WE all know from the example of the Turks in Germany how well THAT works out.

You *could* put your arms around them and bring them into the big tent of American democracy. You *could* play the spitting, shrieking tirades of the leftists on the Church and on abortion and say to your audience, very soberly: These people are talking about YOU. They are talking about your children. They are talking about Our Lady of Guadalupe. These people are not your friends. No, my hard-working socially conservative friends, it is the Republicans who are your allies. It is we who will keep homosexual sex ed out of your schools; it is we who will come pray besides you; it is we who will work for a national heartbeat law. Come and join us....

...and yes, we must have good strong border control. We don't wish for the things you were fleeing from to follow you, to threaten you and your children. Does no one remember that in the Declaration of Independence we made war upon Great Britain partially because the king, the tyrant, would not permit the naturalization of foreigners? The Founding Fathers did not want peasants! They wanted CITIZENS...! Now, let all of us Americanos follow their wise example and join to build a self-respecting future together, free of the entangling tentacles of the state.....!

But NOOOOOOOOOO. Both wings of the Republican party are as tone-deaf as the other. It's either an insipid compromise that still builds political capital for the blue-state fascists, or a mean-spirited rejection of a community that is already here and thriving.

My freaking God you people are stupid. Stupid to the point of immorality. I came to you for a home and I find you in moments as vicious and moronic as the people I left behind.

Unfrack yourselves.

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What do you mean fleeing from? Most of the world wants to come here. We have over 300 million. What's the end game? When does it end? At 500 million? A billion? Have you ever been to Mumbai where people are jacked in like sardines? Have you been to Kathmandu and seen block long waits for gas that are routine? Have you been to Rio where I can walk faster than the drive-home traffic? People live in box cars in Guatemala City. What's your proposal: to let foreigners decide our population and domestic policies? That's suicidal. Our job is not to take care of the world but ourselves. Do you see the rest of the planet worrying about our welfare? No. They're too busy tearing us down even while they squat here illegally.
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