We have this news today from the National Governors Association meeting this weekend, courtesy of the New York Times:
In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.
All I can say is, huzzah! The Obama administration has so bungled the immigration issue it is unspeakable. Mind you, the Republicans have not done much if any better. Both parties spend way too much time bowing to the interests of illegal immigrants (who come in all races and colors) and refusing to enforce existing laws or pass new ones limiting immigration to that which improves our environment and our economy.
But I guarantee anyone who lives in a border state or near the U.S. southern border has a much lower quality of life than do those of us lucky enough to live away from areas where hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossings take place regularly.
First and foremost, immigration reform should take into account the environmental destruction wreaked by having too many people crowding into an already-overcrowded nation. As I have written, we have developed much of our prime farmland and are becoming food insecure--relying on other countries for precious fresh food supplies.
Then, we must take our own economic and employment needs into account when setting immigration quotas. We should welcome immigrants who will contribute to our economy who are already trained in high tech fields and in medicine. We should lock out unskilled, uneducated immigrants who use more by way of social services and government support programs, and drive wages down for the low-skilled Americans already out of work. Instead of letting them cross our borders illegally, we should work with their homeland governments to get them educated at home and create working economies at home, thereby eviscerating their need to emigrate.
Instead, the Obama administration wants to grant amnesty to millions and millions of persons who broke our laws. This hurts poor Americans more than anyone else, including millions of uneducated persons born overseas but who emigrated to the United States legally during the past two decades. This administration has so tortured the facts on immigration that it should pay at the ballot box this November. It should pay dearly.