Bats in the belfry, alligators in the moat

Those responding to the question, “Is illegal immigration a serious problem in the United States?” answered as follows:

          21%   Yes
          14%   No
          65%   No comprende
The above is, of course, a joke, but, like all good humor, it is rooted in reality. According to a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs the American taxpayer $113 billion per year, a monumental sum by any standards. Add the toll of human life and the fact that Homeland Security now admits having lost track of 6 million illegal immigrants,and the cost becomes staggering.
Rather than meet the challenge head on, President Obama chose to make his “Alligators in the moat”  speech, wherein he both mocked the problem and denied its existence. We used to say that those who deny reality have “bats in their belfry.” The bats have now migrated to other Democrats’ belfries.
Recently, this publication’s Jack Furnari posted a video of. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, touting illegal immigration as “the backbone to our economy,” while carefully tiptoeing around the word “illegal.” Her convoluted logic and tortured use of the English language is typical of her party’s leadership. Who can forget Nancy Pelosi’s “We have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what’s in it” speech?
The Democrats have been trying to enact the “Dream Act” in various forms for years without success, beginning with the Student Adjustment ActU.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has now announced his intention to renew his push for the Dream Act’s passage.
People often argue for the act’s passage, using arguments like: “We are a nation of immigrants,” and, “At one time or another, any given nationality was deemed ‘undesirable.’” This “logic” loses sight of the fact that those previous “undesirables” arrived on our shores legally. They registered their names, applied for citizenship, worked hard, obeyed the law and paid their taxes.  They didn’t ask for food assistance, free medical care or subsidized housing.  They only wanted an opportunity to succeed, in return for which they played by the rules and didn’t become society’s burden.
We’d all like to live in an ideal dream world. As William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”



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