Diana West

Did you hear about the last-minute amendment the Senate slipped into its mammoth immigration "reform" bill? The Senate voted something like 99 to Jeff Sessions to relocate the Statue of Liberty to the U.S.-Mexican border. And why not? If you won't fence 'em, join 'em  --  or, rather, let 'em join you. Isn't that what Bugs Bunny always said, or is that Bill Frist? I get them confused.

Not that it's fair to single out the Senate Majority Leader as the only joke who can't get a grip on the dangerous chaos of U.S. immigration. There's every other American politician, up to and including George W. Bush, who supports the contents of the Dissolve America Now bill   --  oops, I mean the Senate's "comprehensive" immigration reform legislation.

The bill's crazy provisions for allowing 66 million new legal immigrants into the United States by 2026 aside (twice the population of Canada), the Senate bill grants citizenship rights to 10 to 20 million mainly Mexican illegal aliens who have sneaked into the country since the last U.S. amnesty for illegal aliens in 1986. It also waives any penalties for employers who have been illegally employing them. Such provisions only create conditions for ever greater, ever denser waves of new illegal immigration. Which isn't exactly what a rational being would call fixing the problem. And don't even ask about the multi-billion-dollar price tag on ballooning social services; the Senate hasn't.

What we're left with is not a nation, but a honey trap. If a body can just make it across the border, the U.S. Senate guarantees amnesty will always be the light at the end of the tunnel. And who knows? Maybe next time around, such as in 2026, the amnesty bill will be written in Spanish. After all, with 10 percent of Mexico already here, what's to stop 20 or 40 or 60 percent of Mexico from following? Not a law. Not a fence. Certainly not a border. Who needs a border, anyway? This, I'm afraid, is the rhetorical question driving too many of our public servants to abdicate their duty.

But why? Why does the American political establishment  --  with few genuinely patriotic exceptions  --  want to destabilize the American nation? If this were a Democratic era  --  a Kerry presidency, a Reid Senate, a Pelosi House  --  I would understand. I wouldn't like it any better, but the eradication of U.S. borders and, ultimately, the nation's core European identity is the sort of policy that follows from the West-corroding multiculturalism once uniquely associated with the Left.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).