Thomas Sowell, ladies and gentlemen:
Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.
There is no inherent right to come live in the United States, in disregard of whether the American people want you here. Nor does the passage of time confer any such right retroactively.
The crux of the matter is this: no foreigner has any inherent right to live in the United States. Period.
Immigration laws are not to be concerned with fairness, being humane, or the “rights” of non-citizens. Instead, immigration laws are to be solely concerned with acting in the best interest of the United States. If Alabama is any indication, the United States will generally be better off without illegal immigrants, and so amnesty should be off the table in the current immigration debate. Furthermore, it’s doubtful that the United States need legal immigrants as well. The United States is currently experiencing an economic contraction, which has led to decreased demand for labor; the last thing the federal government should do is increase the supply of labor through legal immigration.
Politicians, such as Newt Gingrich, are foolish if they think that citizens want policies that will have a negative impact on their personal economic status. Yet, many politicians still foolishly support amnesty and increased immigration, seemingly oblivious to political blowback this will eventually create. People don’t like people who are different. And, during times of hardship, people often turn to playing a game of pin the blame on the people who are different from you. And that game turns nasty pretty quickly.
The citizens of the United States have realized that non-citizens do not have any right to be here or work a job, and they are correct in their assessment. Let’s hope the politicians that claim to represent them catch on to this before things turn nasty.