By Bill Steigerwald
August 28, 2006
Q: You have concerns about the harmful impact of on our economy, our culture and our politics from illegal immigration. What is the most serious problem that needs to be addressed first?
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That is the only thing that will do it, because the whole world now realizes America's back door is now open. The numbers being apprehended along the border in the first five months of 2006 were 150,000 a month. That is more people breaking into this country each month than all the immigrants who came in the entire 1820s. That is more people breaking into the United States each month than all the troops we have in Iraq.
It is an invasion. And the president of the United States is obligated under the Constitution to stop that invasion .... That is the first thing that needs to be done. All else proceeds from that. You've got a lot of other steps, but that needs to be done immediately.
Q: Who or what is most responsible for this "state of emergency"?
A: The government of the United States has failed to do its duty to enforce the immigration laws. It's failed to do its duty to protect the states of the union and the American nation from invasion. As a consequence, we've got more illegal aliens here than all the Jewish folks, Irish folks and English who ever came to America. This is happening because of a dereliction of duty on the part of our political class. And our social and cultural elites have condoned it. Let me say this: The state is basically betraying the nation.
Q: If this doesn't change, if immigration isn't restricted, and if the tide of illegals isn't stopped and reversed, as you call for, what will America look like in 2050?
A: Bye, bye, "American Pie." What will American look like? We will be a Third World country by national origin. We will be a Balkanized nation. We will be what Theodore Roosevelt called "a polyglot boarding house for the world" -- not a nation at all. We will be a tangle of squabbling minorities with all of us minorities. I think the future of the United States as one nation and one people will become an impossibility.
Q: What should our immigration policy look like?
A: It should look like what John F. Kennedy recommended back in the late 1950s and was repeated in his book in 1959, "A Nation of Immigrants": total immigration of 150,000 to 250,000 a year. Let's set a figure of 200,000 a year. A security fence across the southern border. Enforced sanctions on all employers who hire illegals chronically. Those who do so ought to be put in jail or be doing community service, publicly. An end to all welfare benefits, except emergency services, for any and all illegal aliens. A reinterpretation of the 14th Amendment so that some women who the coyotes have moved across the border 50 yards and have their babies there, are not automatic citizens of America. Congress could handle that.
Finally, legal immigrants here
once they settle down -- should be allowed to bring their
wife and minor children. No more extended families mom,
dad, brothers and sisters -- because we want immigration law
returned to the government of the United States and not set by
immigrants and not set by corporations going abroad hiring whomever
Q: How can you have any confidence
that the people who have botched immigration for the last 30
or 40 years politicians, bureaucrats, all the interest
groups can ever fix it?
Q: You've been around Washington. You more than anybody should know this is impossible.
A: It's not impossible. Look, Dwight Eisenhower did it. You know what the name of his program was? "Operation Wetback." Say that and that will be the end of the Tribune-Review, ha, ha, ha!
But that's just it: Political correctness is one of the problems. I've got a whole chapter "Why the Paralysis?" One reason is that the corporations want open borders. They want to be able to bring in cheap labor. They want to be able to go abroad and hire labor and bring it to the United States. They want an amnesty for having broken our laws. And they pay the tuition in Washington.
Q: Why can't immigration be made more sensible and regulated and controlled, so that immigrants from Latin America don't have to sneak across the border at night and die and trash the environment and everything else?
A: Well, one problem is that they come here and they overstay their visas. We've got too weak a system that can't run all these folks out. We've got to stop it. Here's the thing: We don't need anymore low-age workers in America. We don't have a shortage of them.
Q: What do you say to those who call you semi-hysterical that these problems are not as dire or inevitably destructive to the United States as you fear?
A: They called me that in 1991 and now I sound like a moderate compared to what they're saying. If they don't follow these prescriptions, all I'm saying is, "Bye, bye to America." I think the American people agree with me and understand this.
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