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Immigration

From a reader:

Could you people at least PRETEND to be conservatives?…You know perfectly well that the “immigrants” you speak of are not coming here legally, and that they spell the end of the GOP and conservatism, if not of the Republic itself. 

If you scroll down, you’ll see that the discussion was about whether legal immigration is a bad thing, and also about exactly how and why illegal immigration is a problem. I agree that it is a security problem, but I don’t see how it has to be a cultural or even a political problem.

We should enforce our laws and our borders (north and south) vigorously in order to protect ourselves from the occasional malefactor. If we need a fence, let’s build it. But the presence of immigrants — even of many more immigrants — does not threaten American culture.

With regard to the politics, fully 44 percent of Hispanics voted for Bush in 2004, back when he campaigned as a pretty conservative guy — and that was a close election, not some kind of landslide. So we already have proof that even if they are still Democrats at heart, Hispanic U.S. citizens and legal Hispanic immigrants are not necessarily always going to vote for Democrats.

Hispanics in the U.S. are disproportionately pro-life and they start three times as many businesses per capita as the rest of the American population. Right now, they vote mostly against their economic interests and their values by supporting Democrats whose policies punish economic success and promote legal abortion even behind the backs of minor girls’ parents.

This doesn’t have to be the case, but it will be if Republicans keep chasing phantoms like “Aztlan” instead of going out and talking to them about taxes and babies.

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