The Corner

Cliches R Us

George Will’s column today is quite an accomplishement — he’s loaded every worn-out cliche and discredited notion about immigration into one package:

* “East Germany showed how” — Really? And I thought there was a difference between keeping people in and keeping them out.

* “Vigilantism” — Even the president hasn’t repeated this slur on civic-minded Americans conducting their own border-watch initiatives (the one-year anniversary of the Minuteman Project is this weekend).

* “We are not going to take the draconian police measures necessary to deport 11 million people” — I can’t believe intelligent people still say this. See the antidote here.

* “Faux conservatives” — Hmmm, so NR is not really conservative?

* “face facts about the bleak future of an unreformed Social Security system” — How many times does the immigration/Social Security canard have to be debunked? See here.

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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