Editorials

The More the Merrier

Almost since the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, critics of American immigration policy have been suspicious of the political advantage the Democratic Party was taking of this crucial piece of legislation.  Though Congress’s motive in passing the bill was, in political terms, more symbolic than partisan and tactical, the replacement of more or less well-off European immigrants with poor ones from non-Western societies in practice held obvious electoral benefits for the self-proclaimed friends of the poor, the huddled, etc., to the detriment of the well-off, established, comfortable, and native (etc., etc.), prompting restrictionists to recall Bertolt Brecht’s line about a government electing its own people.  This charge was met by countercharges of racism and demagoguery, as the Democrats continued to make political hay from the arrival of scores of millions of Third World immigrants while attempting to keep an innocent face in the matter.

Now that mask has slipped—or rather, it has been boldly removed by the Obama administration in one of its most recent acts of late-term political defiance.

An article posted in late March on The Daily Caller asserts that the White House is directing federal funds toward a number of nonprofit groups working together to encourage holders of green cards to apply for U.S. citizenship in time to vote in the national...

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