Wouldn’t you know it? There’s a third Bush whose eye is now trained squarely upon the American presidency, that of brother Jeb. My initial response upon hearing the news was that aristocracy in America is alive and well.  It’s as if only a handful of families in this country can bequeath to us presidents. All the more curious is the fact that the Bushes, as one such family, seem altogether unremarkable, except for their wealth and name recognition. 

Although Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Obama, and against Romney, in 2012, brother Jeb believes that this fact will pose no problem for him if he should receive the Republican nomination. He is, after all, married to a Mexican woman, Columba Garnica Gallo, born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico.  He has, furthermore, recently been singing a song of appeasement on the immigration issue that is music to the ears of millions of Hispanics, both legal and illegal. Jeb, you see, would have us believe that the Mexicans who steal their way into this country are doing so as “an act of love” for their families and should not therefore be viewed as committing a crime. The federal law of this country would lead us to quite the opposite conclusion.  8 United States Code §1325 explicitly states, in black and white, that illegal entry into this country is a crime and, in some cases, a felony. 

Consider for a moment the logic of Mr. Bush’s position on this matter, and compare it to other lawless conduct. In most places on this side of the Rio Grande at least, prostitution is still a crime; so is a prostitute who claims that she’s plying her trade in order to feed her children involved in an “act of love”?  How about a bank robber who needs money to finance his children’s education? Or a wife who murders her terminally ill husband because the immediate insurance proceeds from his death will help her to mitigate family emergencies? “Love” is not, so far as I know, an exonerative motive and will not extricate a lawbreaker from suffering legal sanctions. 

We may examine Jeb’s position on immigration from another perspective as well.  When a person enters this country illegally, he or she usually does so in order to incur financial benefits.  It is clear that this takes jobs away from American citizens who are, in turn, attempting to support their own families. It is nothing but fantasy that illegal immigrants take only those jobs that citizens don’t want.  In every sector in which illegals are employed, there are also American citizens working.  The statistics conclusively establish that Americans are ready and willing to work in construction, agriculture, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and professional and business services, all of which are the industries with the highest shares of unauthorized immigrants. Is it moral and just for Mr. Bush to give the back of his hand to innumerable American citizens, who are desperately looking for employment, especially to impoverished African-Americans who are hardest hit by the escalating influx of illegal aliens? Pardon me, but I am not seeing the love in the position he has advanced.  All I see is a wealthy politician from an aristocratic family, with exalted name recognition, opportunistically testing the presidential political waters for 2016 by courting the burgeoning Hispanic vote at America’s expense. 

The illegal immigrant problem is one that has occasioned a tremendous amount of hoopla, all of it hysterical and misguided.  "Oh, we can't deport millions of people!"  "The government itself has been complicit in their coming here!" "All they want is to realize a small part of the American dream!" These are some of the noisy refrains we hear from the corrupt media.

Yet the illegal immigration problem, if I may say so, is an easy one to solve.  Allow me to propose a simple five-point plan. First, establish an immigration system with foolproof identification cards and a comprehensive database for recognizing those non-citizens who are authorized to be in this country.  Second, impose draconian penalties on American businesses that hire those not authorized to be here.  Third, require a residence requirement for citizenship, effectively ending “anchor baby” citizenship. Fourth, make it a federal crime, with a mandatory life sentence, for an illegal immigrant to commit a felony in this country. Fifth, bar all entitlements to those who are not citizens. This would solve the problem of illegal immigration, and would do so almost overnight. Employers would consider the cost too high to risk hiring undocumented workers. The result would be that no jobs and no benefits would be available to such workers. There would also be no families bootstrapped into citizenship by women simply giving birth on this side of the border. Work visas could and would still be provided however, although employer standards of decency and safety could not be relaxed, and all income and other taxes would be paid.  

What is most significant about this immigration plan is that there would be a sober recognition of both law and boundaries, and they would be enforced.  Mexico and the United States would remain two separate and distinct countries, with their own respective cultures. 

Too harsh you say?  Check out the immigration and naturalization policies of Mexico or any other nation in the world, and then tell me that this plan is in any way unreasonable.  Those who do not favor it may well have surreptitious intentions they are uncomfortable expressing.  When politicians receive their marching orders from corporate and other big moneyed interests, candor in public debate is often a lost virtue.  

April 13, 2014