And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Scripture says that the meek shall inherit the Earth.

Guess what? It is already happening.

Among richer, more secular countries, the birthrate is not at the rate of replacement. Maintaining a steady population requires a birthrate of 2.1 In Western Europe; the birthrate currently stands at 1.5, or 30 percent below replacement.

In 30 years there will be 70 to 80 million fewer Europeans than there are today. The current birthrate in Germany is 1.3. Italy and Spain are even lower, at 1.2. At that rate, the working-age population declines by 30 percent in 20 years, which has a huge impact on the economy.

L.A. Killing Fields

Is justice an anomaly in the illegal immigration debate?

If you live in a sanctuary city it certainly is. In regard to the police, a sanctuary city is premised on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” philosophy.

How does this play out in practice? If an illegal immigrant is arrested, no one will know because immigration status will never come up in the conversation, resulting in the release of dangerous illegal immigrants on the American public. The Shaw family of Los Angeles knows this scenario all too well.

More Illegal Immigration Garbage

Ten states in our great country allow illegal aliens not only to attend college in their state, but to do so at in-state tuition rates. This means that aliens can break all sorts of federal laws, come into our country illegally, and then go to these states and pay cheaper tuition than citizen students from out of state. Are you kidding me?

This college tuition issue came to light recently when about three dozen students in California filed a lawsuit against the University of California, charging that it had violated federal law by allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at its campuses while maintaining higher rates for out-of-state students.

Crime and Immigration

Crime is the sleeper issue of this campaign, especially in Republican-leaning districts.

While on a nationwide basis violent crime is actually down, in smaller cities it is up by double-digit numbers. For example, in Indianapolis violent crime is up 27 percent, and in Jacksonville it’s up 22 percent. There are many other examples.

I have had a working theory for quite a while that the anger towards illegal immigration is only partially explained by job security. The biggest reason that many Americans dislike illegal immigration is a fear of crime.

The Democrats now sense this and are outbidding the White House on spending for immigration enforcement, with a special emphasis on deporting people convicted of major drug offenses and violent crimes. 
According to one news report, “A Homeland Security budget bill now moving through the House Appropriations Committee specifies that at least $800 million be spent after Oct. 1 to identify and remove the most violent and dangerous criminals from the U.S.”

Should Illegal Immigrants Be Licensed to Drive?

Since Sept. 11, 2001, many states are looking for a more effective way to keep terrorists out the country. One of the major issues is whether or not illegal immigrants should be granted driver's licenses. There are millions of illegal immigrants in this country presently driving without a driver’s license or car insurance and putting many that are legal in this country in harm's way.

This does not, however, mean that state legislatures should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants believing that it will make our roads safer. Maybe we should take a moment to define illegal. Merriam Webster defines illegal as unlawful/illicit — not morally right or conventional or not according to or authorized by law. If they broke the law to get here, they will more than likely continue to break our laws by driving without insurance, and obtain other benefits using false names.

You Welcomed the Defeat of the Immigration Bill

Three quarters of those who answered this week's Quick Poll! question — Is the defeat of the immigration bill good news or bad news? — welcomed the rout in the Senate. The percentages? — 76% good news, 24% bad news.

Throughout weeks of debate, there was a strong undertow of opinion insisting that no legislation was better than bad legislation — the implication was that this was a very bad bill — and presented this view as a challenge to that attributed to a legacy-conscious President Bush, that any immigration reform reaching his desk deserved his signature.

The groundswell against what was regarded as veiled amnesty for illegal immigrants prompted congressional talk of reviving mandatory "fairness" in broadcasting, which some people say is a euphemism for government meddling.

The Process

The reason the immigration bill went down was the process.

There is a tried and true process that works well and then there is the process used by the Senate in this immigration bill.

The tried and true process starts with committee hearings, followed by committee mark-ups, followed by floor consideration, followed by a conference committee where differences between the House and Senate are worked out.

This process allows the maximum input from the American people and their elected representatives. It allows amendments to be discussed and then voted on. It allows maximum media attention and it allows the members to educate their constituents about both the problems and the proposed solutions.

Winners and Losers

Who are the winners and who are the losers with the collapse of the immigration bill?

Here are the winners:

Talk radio: They became relevant again and have a nice pelt on their wall — the president’s.

Big Labor: They killed the bill from the left, but pinned all the blame on conservatives.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.): He became famous.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): She doesn’t have to try to bring this bill up now. She escaped a bullet.  

Bloomberg Run Would Hurt Democrats

That's what you think. The Quick Poll! question we posed last week asked which party would be harmed more if Hizzoner Michael Bloomberg ran for president. Among our respondents, 58% said he would do more damage to Democrats, while 42% said Republicans.

Here's another question: Is the defeat of the immigration bill good news or bad news? Scroll down to the Quick Poll! and cast your vote.

No Bill's Better Than a Bad Bill

Proving once again that no bill, no matter how bad, ever really dies in Congress, immigration reform legislation is back for consideration before the Senate.

Why? There’s no constituency for this bill. Other than George Bush, Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham — who wants it?

And it’s a bad bill. It does nothing to secure the border, except authorize construction of a useless fence. It breaks up families, sending fathers back to Mexico for up to 10 years while their wives and kids stay here. And it leaves employers who hire undocumented workers off the hook.

Sure, illegal immigration’s a serious problem, but I’d rather see no immigration bill than a bad immigration bill.