Tuesday, August 09, 2005
While the awful events of September 11 created a national unity unseen since Pearl Harbor--behind President Bush and his resolve to punish the perpetrators of the massacres of 5,000 Americans--they also exposed a new divide. This chasm in our country is not one of income, ideology, or faith, but of ethnicity and loyalty. Suddenly, we awoke to the realization that among our millions of foreign-born, a third are here illegally, tens of thousands are loyal to regimes with which we could be at war, and some are trained terrorists sent here to murder Americans. For the first time since Andrew Jackson drove the British out of Louisiana in 1815, a foreign enemy is inside the gates, and the American people are at risk in their own country. In those days after September 11, many suddenly saw how the face of America had changed in their own lifetimes.
When Richard Nixon took his oath of office in 1969, there were 9 million foreign-born in the United States. When President Bush raised his hand, the number was nearing 30 million. Almost a million immigrants enter every year; half a million illegal aliens come in with them. The adjusted census of 2000 puts the number of illegal in the United States at 9 million. Northeastern University estimates 11 million, as many illegal aliens as there are people in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. There are more foreign-born in California--8.4 million-- than people in New Jersey, more foreign-born in New York State than people in South Carolina. Even the Great Wave of immigration from 1890 to 1920 was nothing like this.
This is not a left and right issue. This is an issue of national security. Every liberal and conservative should be screaming at the President to do something about this. It's time to close the border. It's time to say enough, for now. If you want in, do it legally. We don't need anymore. Call your congressman and ask what is he or she is doing to stop illegals. I did. There was not reply.
Are you a CR alum? I am the Chairman of the CRs at my university.
Like I said, I just came across your weblog. As a traditionalist conservative, I might disagree with some of your viewpoints (like on the war issue), but this site seems fair and principled, more so than many other neoconservative blogs. Keep up the good work!
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