Since I knew His Majesty wouldn’t say much of anything about immigration, and I can no longer stand the sound of his voice, I just went to bed. But he said even less than I expected:
We should continue to work at fixing our broken immigration system to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.
That’s it? I was figuring at least three sentences, or maybe two. As Roy Beck put it:
But the President couldn’t bring himself to utter the words “comprehensive immigration reform” or “path to citizenship” or “legalization” or “more immigration” in his State of the Union Address.
I’m reminded of Elliott Abrams’s reaction to Jimmy Carter’s welcome to the neo-conservatives for supporting his election — they got one single foreign-policy position, not for Indonesia, not for Polynesia, not for Macronesia, but for Micronesia.
If they have any sense, La Raza et al. are kicking themselves for not backing McCain.