We Stand Together
These are news articles and editorials on issues related to immigration.
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it and see it still."
Farewell Address January 11, 1989
Oct 16. Help Wanted.
Wall Street Journal Editorial. Proper immigration reform in short is smart politics. But most important it will make America safer and economically stronger.
Wall Street Journal article of Gephart's and Byrd stands on immigration and the GOP's inability to get immigration legislation passed by the Democrat control Senate.
July 28. America's immigration disaster.
British immigrant whose husband was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is given "green card" after she was initially deported.
March 21. Immediate action needed on 245(i).
RNC grass roots press release urging people to ask the Democrat controlled Senate to pass the 245(i) legislation approved by the Republican house at the urging of the president.
March 14. Letter to Senator Daschle.
From the Latino Coalition urging approval of the 245(i) immigration legislation.
March 12. House set to "cloak' amnesty.
House of representative sets to pass 245(i) immigration reform again.
President Bush discussed the importance of trade relations with Mexico and Latin America and stressed the need to approve Immigration Law Section 245(i)
An excellent article on immigration reform from the conservative Weekly Standard.
At a time when the events of Sept. 11 and a recession have resuscitated nativist sentiments, many businesses and communities are finding that immigrants, rather than a source of weakness, are helping to stave off the chill of economic hard times.
Statements made by Ari Fleischer, press secretary to the president, on the importance of the immigration reform agenda. Also a plug for an Article by Linda Chavez on immigration reform after Sept. 11.
An excellent article from the Claremont Institute on our dysfunctional immigration system.
Washington Post: Roughly 8 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, early estimates from the 2000 census show. Their presence swells the country's foreign-born population to more than 31 million people.
Wall Street Journal: The best -- the only -- conservative argument against this is that it rewards people who've broken the law. So perhaps the amnesty could include a modest fine, as well as some requirement to pass an English course or otherwise show the desire to assimilate. As for the danger that amnesty will be an incentive for more illegal immigration, any reform is likely to include a regular work-permit system for future migrants as well.
July 30. Amnesty Shootout.
Wall Street Journal: While an all-out amnesty may not be politically feasible at this time, both Messrs. Fox and Bush recognize the need for some degree of amnesty for illegal Mexican workers already in the U.S. coupled with a guest-worker program to facilitate safer and more orderly border crossings.
Wall Street Journal: As a general proposition, it is not a good idea to have large numbers of people -- a caste of noncitizens -- living in the country outside the law. It leaves them prey to exploitation by employers and criminals, and prevents them from returning to their homelands for fear they could not get back.
Washington Post: Standing before 29 new United States citizens, President Bush ordered today immigration officials to adopt a six month standard of processing immigration applications and urged Congress to "act swiftly" on immigration reform.
July 2. Open Nafta Borders? Why Not?
Wall Street Journal: North of the border, the solution to the problem of illegal immigration is to make it legal, or at least to normalize the movement of people.