We don't have a free rein in Near-Eastern affairs because of the Israeli lobby. We don't have a free rein in Cuban relations because of the Cuban lobby.We don't have a free rein in immigration policies because of Latino lobbies.Pretty soon, the State Department will need to form a committee of political lobbies to advise it.What I am decrying is the lack of autonomy of the government, of any political shade, to decide what is best for the country, not what its policies would eventually be on these matters.
@steve - or... and this is crazy, but please consider it - the US could enforce its immigration laws.There is voter fraud. Just ask Ron Paul supporters [I expect you don't care, but I do].Nowhere in the Constitution is there a right to a "free education" - I do not think, in fact, that the SC has said otherwise, but if they have, it would appear to be contrary to the Constitution irtsel.Actually, if the US didn't subsidize illegal immigraton, it would end. People risk their lives because they feel they will never be deported, get free medical care, etc.
I think we've crossed the point of no return on (illegal) immigration. The game is over - politicians are too fearful of the Hispanic voters at this point to take a hard line stance on this issue. The correct answer to disallow free education for illegals of course. We should not make illegal immigration any more attractive then it already is. Free food and medical care is enough. It's too bad that we have no politicians who have the might to take a firm stance - unlike Ronald Reagan. Oh, wait.
Gabbyboy I have no problem with legal immigration. None. But this article is about our current immigration policies and immigrants who are citizens and can vote. I am resentful to all those who have skirted the line ahead of the legal immigrants! Norwegians included! But I guess you also believe you can obey only those laws that YOU and they feel are fair. Their arrogance to demand anything from the United States and its people is truly disgusting and reprehensible. And they are uncompromising. Granting them amnesty is just morally wrong. Why am I to believe they will obey our laws after amnesty and they will not use fraudulent IDs to scam the system? Why am I to believe they will now pay taxes? They get free education, and free medical care now! Yes, they overwhelm our ER's, schools, jails and depress wages and they do take jobs from legal immigrants and citizens.E-Verify will slow or stop the flow of those who come here without the right to work. Business is a much to blame for hiring them. Let's make English the official language for all including Austrian immigrants. No anchor babies you are whatever your mother is.We need a new immigration policy that reflects the current needs of this country not the needs of the worlds immigrants. As for the American Indians, they enslaved, killed woman and children, and conquered each other too! Please they weren't the peaceful indigenous people you will lead us to believe, some were but not all.
' two sisters of Somali descent and a friend of Sudanese descent — were intercepted as they tried to travel to Syria.'It is an immigration issue. Just because immigrants want to come here does not mean they share our democratic or modern liberal values. Misguided multiculturalism has enabled lack of assimilation and even hostility to this country. And it may not be the parents but the next generation rebelling. Immigration is a security issue and we need to stop pretending its some warm and fuzzy 'yearning to be free' fantasy.