Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wall St. Journal editorial on immigration

Today the Wall Street Journal editorial page's lead comment was entitled "The Great Wall of America" with the subtitle "House Republicans build a strange public monument". It's a good piece, worth reading, from my point of view and it concludes as follows:

"The only way to reduce the flow of illegal Mexican immigration is to provide a legal, orderly process to match open American jobs with workers who want to fill them. Mr. Bush is for that, and so is the Senate, but House Republicans have concluded that they're better off building fences. When Ronald Reagan spoke of America as being a 'shining city on a hill' , he wasn't thinking of one surrounded by electrified barbed wire fences."

One further excerpt underscores the House Republicans' unhealthy obsession with this proposed 700 mile wall:

"Here's one example of how tough they are. Steve King of Iowa suggested in front of the C-SPAN cameras that at the top of this new fence 'we electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it'. Then he added: 'We do this with livestock all the time.' There's an inclusive political message for you."


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