I don’t get it. How will Democrats appeal to independent voters who are concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants by participating in a presidential forum that is dominated by questions from illegal immigrants or about illegal immigration?
At last week's Iowa forum, both the “real people” who told their stories and the community leaders who asked questions conflated legal and illegal immigrants.
Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Dennis Kucinich gave part of their response in Spanish. Hello, this is America. We speak English. I’m sure laid-off autoworkers, homeowners facing foreclosure, and families struggling with college tuition, healthcare costs and mounting credit card debt were duly impressed with their language facility.
I have been accused of writing about illegal immigration “incessantly,” but I was amazed by the amount of time devoted to an issue that "has emerged as the third rail of American politics," according to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
I listened as an illegal alien, Mayte Rodriguez of Somos un Pueblo Unido, thanked her “wonderful mother” for making the decision to bring her to this country. Rodriguez “wants to teach young leaders whose talents are being wasted, who want to give back to their community.”
Someone should teach Rodriguez that her mother’s decision to break U.S. immigration laws has consequences. One of those consequences is her daughter is not be able to “fully integrate into our communities.”
Likewise, Larry Ginter of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement should brush up on immigration law. He said “we have to quit treating immigrants like common criminals.” Well, the very act of sneaking across the border or overstaying one’s visa is a criminal act that's become unacceptably common.
Sen. Hillary Clinton will not win over many undecided voters. She invoked the mantra “comprehensive immigration reform” and repeated her support for an "earned path to legalization.”
Clinton was asked whether she would “demonstrate the courage of leadership by making a priority in your first 100 days to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.” Her response:
And as president, comprehensive immigration reform will be my top priority for me. Until Congress passes it, the president can only do as much as possible without a bill.”
Clinton's commitment to legalize lawbreakers did not satisfy the amnesty crowd. She was booed.
If Democrats want to win in November, they should have a heart-to-heart talk with illegals and say: Look, you are in this country illegally. Your sob stories about being “born elsewhere but now totally woven to the fabric of America” ain’t cutting it with American citizens.
So, cut it with the amnesty nonsense. It won’t happen in the first 100 days of a Democratic administration. And if we listen to the voices of the American people, it won’t happen in another 100 years.