HH: Last question, Victor Hanson. Is there any reason for the Bush administration to be pursuing an immigration bill that is destroying its political base at a time when it needs its political base?
VDH: I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand it. I don’t see…they had it up on a platter for them. All they had to do was build a 900, 800 miles of fencing, fine employers, get an ID, beef up security, and they could stop that 1 million coming across to maybe 30,000. And then you had 11 million people, you could give all the rhetoric to the 11 million here. ... The formidable process of popular culture, assimilation can work, and then all of the other issues, guest workers, de facto amnesty, all of those things could be dealt with in a timely manner, piecemeal. But this idea of comprehensive immigration reform, all of these statutes, laws, fines, you and I know that the first time they say to somebody you’re going to have to pay $5,000 dollars, Juan Lopez is going to be on CNN saying he doesn’t have a dime, and he’s being tortured, and he’s being chased by the government, and he’s not going to do it. It’s…politically, this was the stupidest thing you could have imagined.
As it happens, Juan Lopez is either a professor of mathematics at ASU or a Marine killed in Ramadi.
How long before VDH regales us with stories of Hymie Kvetchowitz and Tuskegee McWelfarequeen?