Most bad policies are bipartisan. Democrats come up with them and Republicans sheepishly implement them. Amnesty is one of the few bad policies that Republicans desperately try to claim as their own.
Amnesty is a sinkhole of corrupt interests, from businesses looking for cheap labor to Democrats looking for cheap votes, and panic by fossilized political entities like the NAACP, unions and the Republican Party; eager to surrender out of fear that they will be left behind by the demographic future.
Those who oppose amnesty tend not to be heard. They are the homeowners watching dangerous men who have crossed the border glower through their windows. They are the black teenagers who can’t even get a fast food entry level job because the illegals are cheaper and more compliant. They are the legal immigrants who left places like El Salvador behind only to find its gang members in their back yard.
And then there are courageous voices like Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Krikorian and, of course, Ann Coulter, who speak for them.
Coulter’s latest book, “Adios, America” is an uncompromising attack on the policies, justifications and rhetoric of amnesty. It’s full of the punchy quotes she’s known for, such as “Americans ought to be suspicious about being told incessantly fences don’t work. It’s like being told wheels don’t work”, accompanied by a broad survey of the entire immigration and illegal immigration debate.
The biggest targets are the latest efforts at amnesty, from the disastrous Republican amnesty effort to Obama’s unilateral legalizations, which have been disguised by Orwellian word games. After years of amnestiers claiming that their amnesty isn’t really amnesty, she lays out the simple fact that “Any law that forgives an illegal act, in whole or part, is an amnesty.”
The refusal to use the A-word is a sign of nervousness about public support for amnesty and Coulter targets the assorted polls that claim that the public supports it for being dishonest and misleading.
Going back in time, “Adios, America” takes a look at Ted Kennedy’s Third World immigration push and the Clinton voter mill. It argues that traditionally American voters have been displaced by tribal cultures that are uninterested and unwilling to adapt to life in this country with the inevitable accompanying costs for social services and the criminal justice system created by their ongoing presence.
Coulter covers everything from the dubious legal basis for anchor babies to the demographic voting argument that has panicked so many Republicans and the economic growth argument that has so often been used dishonestly by the proponents of the former.
As she points out, the vast majority of illegal aliens once legalized will begin collecting between $14,642 and $36,992 from the taxpayer.
“We’re always told that we need to amnesty illegals to shore up Social Security. How, exactly, are people who make so little money that they don’t pay income taxes going to save Social Security?” she asks.
Obviously a hole can’t be filled with another hole. Democrats and Republicans who champion amnesty are promising to plug a demographic hole with an economic hole while vowing that the two holes will somehow balance out; that a generation of elderly taxpayers will be bailed out by a generation of legalized aliens without a diploma working for minimum wage in states going bankrupt funding them.
Coulter challenges the hypocrisy of wealthy amnesty supporters who want to lock in the luxury of cheap labor for their domestic lifestyle and their businesses at the expense of the country and everyone else.
As she notes, “The rich get all the benefits of cheap servants– and they get to look enlightened at the same time.”
She also attacks the civil rights language being hijacked by amnesty supporters, accusing illegal immigrants of displacing black people and hijacking their struggle. Diversity, she notes, mostly ends up meaning Mexican immigrants taking advantage of a non-reciprocal open border and welfare state.
The absurd situation in which the descendants of European colonists become an oppressed minority by virtue of speaking another language is one of the more convoluted pieces of left-wing identity politics. Diversity is selective in its application, holding that Asians at elite colleges and tech companies don’t represent diversity, but that members of a majority group from across the border are truly diverse.
But while “Adios, America” at times appears to act as if this mass migration and transformation is a uniquely American problem; it’s really, with some exceptions like Japan, a First World problem. Europe is being saturated by migrants from Africa and the Middle East with more generous welfare and fewer legal defenses for the natives. Australia is fighting for its life against a tide of migrants. In the UK and Canada, terrorist settlers have more rights than the natives they are killing.
Likewise Coulter’s assessment of Israel’s immigration situation is excessively optimistic based on reports from an alarmist left-wing media. Those same reports applied to the United States would have us believe that Obama is the “Deporter-in-Chief”. Israelis, particularly in South Tel Aviv, live in a state of siege surrounded by migrants and armed gangs who are protected by non-profits and activist lawyers.
And anyone who complains about the situation is denounced as racist.
As May Golan, the Ann Coulter of Israel, pointed out the illegals get everything for free while the local residents “look through their peepholes and think twice about going down to buy milk after 5:30.”
Unfortunately, Israel has the same network of left-wing activists whose vocabulary begins and ends with “racism”, business interests who want to hire cheap foreign labor instead of Israelis and politicians who veer between talking tough on illegal infiltrators and rolling out the welfare wagon for them.
As May Golan has said of Israel, “They want this country not to be Jewish anymore.” Illegal migrant advocates in Europe want to eliminate the European character of the UK, France and Sweden.
Amnesty advocates don’t want America to be American. As Coulter notes, that is what diversity really means.
The transnational assumption behind the advocacy for illegal immigration is that the Americans, the French or the Israelis are not entitled to have their country the way they want it, but must bow to a higher international agenda.
And if the locals don’t like it, they can always be displaced and replaced by a new herd of voters who may be a financial burden, but who will always vote the correct way.
That is what is really at stake here.
Taking apart the 11 million figure often bandied about, Coulter contends that it’s more like 30 million and warns that amnesty is the final and ultimate political issue of the Republic.
“If we lose immigration, we lose everything.”
Republicans haven’t been losing the political argument, as she points out; they’ve been losing the demographic one. Even if Republicans could get a 40/60 split of the votes of new immigrants, that would just be a slower death. Politicians who pander on amnesty are just debating the terms on which their party and their country commit suicide.
While conservative European parties have stepped up and argued that in a time of economic turmoil immigration needs to be cut, not increased, the Republican Party has been allergic to such sentiments. When Scott Walker and Rick Santorum boldly called for an immigration policy that favors American workers, they were immediately smeared and attacked by the Republican amnesty lobby.
“Adios, America” is an antidote to the amnesty lobby. It is everything they hate packed into one book and it focuses attention on the issue whose struggle will define the decade and whose outcome will define the next century.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.