Jonah Goldberg

Did you hear the real reason President Bush is so gung-ho to cram his immigration "amnesty" bill through Congress? It's the first step toward creating the North American Union, where the United States, Canada and Mexico become one giant country and the dollar is replaced by the Amero. Just ask Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan about it.

Actually, that's not it at all. Bush is just a pawn in the Big Business-Welfare State axis (headquartered at The Wall Street Journal's editorial offices) to create a Latin American-style society with an exploitable brown-skinned workforce by day and pliant clients for ever-expanding big government by night.

These are just two of the theories enjoying wide circulation among conservative critics of "comprehensive immigration reform" today.

Reform advocates aren't much better.

Linda Chavez, long a valued voice of reason on the right, recently all but declared that fellow conservatives who disagree with her on immigration pretty much have to be racists. "Some people just don't like Mexicans - or anyone else from south of the border. They think Latinos are dirty, diseased, indolent and more prone to criminal behavior. They think Latinos are just too different from us ever to become real Americans."

She went on: "Where once the xenophobes could advocate forced sterilization and eugenics coupled with virtually shutting off legal immigration from Œundesirable' countries, now they must be content with building walls, putting troops on the border, rounding up illegal aliens on the job and deporting them, passing local ordinances to signal their distaste for immigrants' multifamily living arrangements, and doing whatever else they can to drive these people back where they came from."

So, in other words, enforcement of existing immigration laws is the consolation prize for folks who can't realize their real dream of forcibly sterilizing Mexicans.

In a recent webcast of a Wall Street Journal editorial board meeting, the Journal's editors dismissed the editors of the National Review (their allies on almost all other issues) as "irrational" and driven by a "cultural" agenda that we at National Review refuse to divulge.

Even President Bush got in on the act, proclaiming last week that opponents of the Senate bill were nitpicking the legislation and scaring people because the nitpickers "don't want to do what's right for America."

Conservatives normally take great pride in the caliber of our intramural debates. But this is a shameful moment.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
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