Diana West

There is one thing we can predict about the tens of thousands of "minor aliens" crashing our southern border. If permitted to stay in this country and gain citizenship, at least 8 in 10 of them will grow up to be Big Government Democrats. They will likely believe that the U.S. government isn't big enough, and doesn't offer enough tax-payer-funded services.

How do I know this? In late 2011, Pew Research's Hispanic Center surveyed a "randomly selected, nationally representative sample" of 1,220 Hispanic adults. With one survey question, Pew quantified the basis of the Democratic Party's drive to extend amnesty to the "11 million," mainly Hispanic, illegal aliens already in this country, or now arriving by the hundreds every day. (I put "11 million" in quotation marks because that projected figure is a decade old now and surely has climbed.)

Pew's question zeroed in on Hispanic attitudes toward government: whether government should be bigger or smaller, with more services or fewer services. There was no mistaking the Hispanic preference. "Hispanics," Pew wrote, "are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services."

How much more likely? According to Pew, "Some 75 percent of Hispanics say this, while 19 percent say they would rather have a smaller government with fewer services."

That's three out of four Obamacare voters right there. No wonder the administration is happy to turn U.S. border agents into unaccompanied alien minor baby sitters, and boot troops from their Army base (as reported in Oklahoma) to make room for the new arrivals.

"By contrast," Pew continued, "just 41 percent of the general U.S. public say they want a bigger government, while nearly half (48 percent) say they want a smaller government."

Those "general" numbers still show that there is at least a light brake on "fundamental change." According to the Left, however, such numbers add up to dreaded "gridlock." For the Leftists in charge who want to stay in charge, no wonder the U.S. border has to go. Among Hispanic immigrants, meanwhile, Pew found that bigger government and more services were even more popular, with 81 percent favoring both. It's conceivable that among minor aliens lured here by the promise of "free" (read: taxpayer-funded) state care, cradle to grave, that percentage could be higher still.


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).