If anyone would realize the dangers of having not just loose borders but millions of unassimilated foreign citizens in the U.S., I'd hope it would be the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Yet, here's Colin Powell:
"America could not survive without immigration. Even the undocumented immigrants are contributing to our economy. That's the country my parents came to. That's the image we have to portray to the rest of the world: kind, generous, a nation of nations, touched by every nation, and we touch every nation in return. That's what people still want to believe about us. They still want to come here. We've lost a bit of the image, but we haven't lost the reality yet. And we can fix the image by reflecting a welcoming attitude -- and by not taking counsel of our fears and scaring ourselves to death that everybody coming in is going to blow up something. It ain't the case."
First, there are three things he's mashing all together into one: illegal immigration, the legal variety, and the difficulty legitimate visitors have of obtaining visas. Those are three entirely separate issues, but they're one in his mind.
Second, as a military planner he falls far short. John McCain admitted that massive illegal immigration forces us to choose between giving an amnesty and France-style riots.
Colin Powell would subject the U.S. to the same horrific choice.
Is Powell paid to promote immigration including of the illegal variety, is he unable to think things through, or does he feel that such a choice is acceptable given the relatively small amount generated by illegal aliens, almost all of whom are low-skilled workers? In any case, he's not qualified for any public office.
Immigration2007b · Tue, 09/11/2007 - 07:46 · Importance: 1