Why have American citizens been forced to defend themselves against lawbreakers in this debate? Why are those of us born here, or who obeyed the laws in the process of becoming citizens, made to feel like the unwelcome wagon? Since when do those who abide by the law have to accept and indulge those who do not? If you break into my house, do you then have the right to raid the refrigerator and sleep in the guest room? Millions around the world would love the chance to come to America. Are they being sent the message that it is easier to get here illegally than legally?
When Congress reconvenes in a little more than a week, the Senate is likely to pass a bill that would grant amnesty without calling it that. The House will then have to stand firm in its majority opposition to any amnesty. The voters should decide this issue, which should be a part of every election campaign this fall. Every member and every candidate running for Congress (and any other office that is even remotely related to our borders and national security) should be asked his or her position on the infiltration by immigration now occurring in our country.
Many members of Congress will try to appear tough on illegal immigration to appease angry voters, which is why the public should carefully watch what they do and pay less attention to what they say. This debate is about the character and future of the nation and whether it will continue as it was handed down to us, or change irrevocably in ways that will not promote the general welfare of future generations. No politician should be allowed to trade this country's future for enough votes to stay in office. Any politician who would do that doesn't deserve to hold office.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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