Illegal Immigration Not An Ethnic Issue
The dirty little secret of the pro-illegal immigration advocates is their cause has nothing to do with ethnic or racial fairness. As the recent voting in Arizona demonstrated, Hispanics are just as likely to support anti-illegal immigration measures as voters in other ethnic groups:
All four of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration propositions passed by wide margins - and, perhaps surprisingly, several surveys showed that between 40 percent and 50 percent of Hispanics voted for them...
In several different surveys, pollsters found that many Hispanics in Arizona continued a trend of voting in favor of antiillegal immigration measures.
Rod Fernandez, 44, said he voted for all four of the anti-illegal immigration propositions partly because he deals every day with the headaches of illegal immigration.
He said his livelihood has been hurt by day laborers across the street from his job at Karl's Custom in Mesa.
"They'll all pile into the truck looking for work," he said. "Recently, a couple of customers said they were afraid to come here, or they won't leave their car overnight."
Fernandez said the issue is not about race, but about playing by the rules.
"I'm not against Hispanics from Mexico," he said. "I'm against them coming out here and getting all the benefits I have that I'm entitled to because I'm a taxpayer."
Bruce Merrill, a pollster at Arizona State University, said roughly 40 percent of Hispanics statewide voted for Proposition 300, which prevents illegal immigrants from receiving some public benefits. Merrill said the breakdown of Hispanic votes was nearly identical two years ago when roughly 40 percent of Hispanic voters also helped pass Proposition 200, which required voters to show proper ID at the polls.
In another study, the Pew Hispanic Center found that about 48 percent of Hispanic voters backed a measure that designated English as Arizona's official language, while 41 percent voted to re-elect Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who made illegal immigration a central campaign issue.
Read the whole article. Even though the reporter tries valiantly to find a silver lining for the pro-illegal forces, she does not quite succeed.
So why do the immigration liberals take their stand? Many are simply confused, as I suggested in an earlier post. They may be, without thinking it through, reflexively against any position expressed by 'conservatives'. (Even though half the 'right-wingers' in their pantheon of evil agree 100 percent with their stand on illegal aliens. Funny, that.)
Other liberals, like their conservative counterparts, just want the future hypothetical votes, damn everything else.
Still other liberals, like their conservative counterparts, seek financial gain from the influx of illegal aliens: the conservatives, through cheap laber; the liberals, through increased support for activist organizations and causes.
The amazing irony - which has not yet received a fraction of the publicity and public discussion it deserves - is that the immigration liberals still hold up the "ethnicity" card as the essential factor in the debate. This puts them at least two steps behind reality. (Note: If you fall too many steps behind reality, you become irrelevant.)
The other irony and dirty little secret is that the immigration liberals - like other liberals, I might add - have for several years managed to hide behind the Bigotry! banner. They don't need to explain their position in any rational way as long as they can shout 'Bigotry!' at all who oppose them.
Until recently, YOU ARE A BIGOT; YOU ARE A RACIST; YOU ARE A HOMOPHOBE; etc. etc. has served as a fairly effective debating tactic. Many people, when hit by their first bigot-bomb, turn tail and run, muttering denials and genuflecting to the liberal intelligentsia.
That is going to change, in my opinion. There will arise a widespread cultural awareness that the charge of 'bigotry' in all the familiar formulations is simply a smokescreen for someone who is either disingenuous or just does not really know what they are talking about, and must toss this last rock before scampering from the debate.
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