Well, as I am searching my brain for (in my opinion) the most outstanding news topic of this week, it seems inevitable that I come at last to the "I" word: immigration.
But wait; that's a little deceiving. This week's passionate focus by politicians, columnists, talk radio hosts, and bloggers has not been immigration. It's been illegal immigration. Big difference.
Why so big, you may ask? Because it's the fundamental misunderstanding of people like Vicente Fox. Mr. Fox believes that the issue is (in his words) "human rights." It's not about legality or security or even common sense. At the end of the day, no one, bar none, has the right to make anything any more complicated for anyone, for any reason. That's just wrong.
At the very least, this is extremely naive; at most, it's fatally stupid. The border crisis should have been decided and acted on years ago; four and a half years, to be exact. September 11. Remember that? Of course you do; that was the day when we as a nation and (thank God) our leaders were awakened to a very determined, very violent giant across the Atlantic. As Sean Hannity reminded us on his radio show, we know there are people, many people, who want us dead. We know these people have weapons, zealous troops, fanatical faith, and in most of the Middle East, complete leave to act on their hate. Just a year ago, we saw terrible death counts in London. These individuals are still very alive, and very eager.
And the next logical step is to encourage illegal infiltration into this country with its weak border patrol and even weaker laws? Regardless of what you think of the newly proposed legislation, there's no getting around it. Strong border controls, and sending illegal immigrants (meaning all who enter this country illegally) where they're legal and we're safer — that is what security means to me.