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By Philippe Legrain 4 COMMENTS

Some opponents of immigration are so utterly shameless that they will use any sick and twisted nonsense to further their cause.

The Wall Street Journal reports that:

The London terror plot is already having an impact on Congress’s
contentious effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, with
House Republicans saying it strengthens their call for beefing up
border security before permitting any increases in legal immigration

Rep. Curt Weldon, the Republican vice chairman
of the House Homeland Security Committee said:

It’s just going to reinforce the House position, which is that we have
to first of all shut down the borders and get control of the problem of
illegal immigration.

Right:
so a foiled plot by British Muslims to blow up planes destined for the
US underscores the need for America to build a wall along its southern
border to keep out Catholic Mexican immigrants.

Impeccable logic.

Posted 12 Aug 2006 in Blog
  1. Dom says:

    “so a foiled plot by British Muslims to blow up planes destined for the US underscores the need for America to build a wall along its southern border to keep out Catholic Mexican immigrants.”
    The point, of course, is that someone other than a Mexican may cross the border.

  2. But is in the Mexican border where some petty politician wish to build that infamous wall. That’s the point.

  3. Philippe Legrain says:

    As part of the research for my new book on immigration, I visited the Border Patrol on the US-Mexican border. They said they had never apprehended a terrorist trying to cross. Not one. And if you note, Curt Weldon did not say “we have to tighten up border security”, which would be fair enough, but that we need to “get control of the problem of illegal immigration”, which is beside the point.

  4. Dave says:

    The part of the border in California where a large wall was erected saw an immediate stop to the amount of illegal drugs and crime that were crossing over. That’s enough for me.

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