HANSON: Illegal immigration “the reason California is destroyed” and the “path to Armageddon” for the U.S.

Would you be surprised to find out that California is ranked 47th in 8th grade science scores?

Or that 40 percent of California’s children aren’t fluent in English?

Or that 44 percent of incoming freshmen into the California state university system need help with remedial English and math?

Furthermore, “it is forbidden to notice that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between illegal immigration and these woes.”

On January 30, 2014, historian Victor Davis Hanson visited the Mark Levin Show (click here to open a new tab and listen to the podcast) and offered the most succinct, powerful and ominous summary of illegal immigration that I’ve ever heard.

The American Thinker‘s John Bennett captured the salient points and they are shocking.

America could be on “a path to Armageddon,” given the blend of relativism, racial preferences, and nullified immigration laws…

Hanson pointed out that many of today’s immigrants are not repeating the pattern of the Italians or Greeks, as just two examples. While Latino studies programs can be found at almost all universities, one does not find such “studies” for Italians or Greeks. That is just one dramatic distinction between immigrants today and past immigrants.

…Instead of amnesty, the Republicans should be pushing for limits on immigration. Hanson suggests that we can take 100,000 legal immigrants per year, but we can’t take one million per year, especially when they lack high school diplomas or English proficiency.

…A Californian, Hanson has seen firsthand the fiscal, social, and educational problems stemming from illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is “the reason the state is destroyed,” Hanson bluntly stated…

California, as a state, serves as the shining example of what happens under lax enforcement of immigration laws. The state is going bankrupt. The Republican Party is going extinct. At their lowest level of registration since 1922, Republicans are 29% of registered voters in California, while Democrats are 44%. In the face of population changes of the type that have occurred, the Republicans can’t modify, they can’t adjust, they can only die out.

…conservative voters understand that “blanket amnesties” are “going to unravel the American experiment and its also going to empower the Democratic Party for 40 years.”

Besides, any Republican effort to pander can be easily outdone by the Democrats. “Trying to outrace and outclass and outgender the Democratic Party is a losing proposition.”

While they pander, the Republicans would be losing a core group of voters who do actually support them in large numbers. “Why is this leadership deliberately trying to estrange and alienate 70% of the people who will go out and vote?” Hanson asked.

…Hanson concluded by describing the “postmodern relativism” inherent in local efforts to nullify immigration law, efforts driven by racial pandering.

There are “sanctuary cities” that forbid local law enforcement from asking about immigration status or engaging with federal authorities. Hanson urged that Republicans should be seizing on this “nullification” of federal law, to illustrate the left’s hypocrisy and recklessness. Even convicted violent felons have been harbored by cities like San Francisco, where one violent felon who should have been deported went on to murder a father and two of his sons.

Illegal immigration not only promotes anarchy, it endorses Balkanization and conflict.

Legal immigration encourages assimilation, the advancement of the civil society, and a harmonious respect for the written law.

The Republicans who push amnesty are encouraging suicide of their party — and America as a Consitutional republic.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Illegal Border Crossings Explode as Ruling Elites Plot Amnesty for Millions of Law-Breakers

Guest post by David Inserra

In case anyone needed more proof that amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its 2013 apprehension numbers that show that southern border apprehensions rose 16 percent last year. While this might seem like the DHS is doing a great job, it actually indicates that more unlawful immigrants are trying to cross the border.

Critically, it means that more unlawful immigrants are crossing successfully, since for every one who is caught another gets through or turns back to Mexico in order to try to cross somewhere else. Of course, some sneak through without the U.S. ever knowing, making it difficult to accurately estimate how many thousands make it across every year.

As more try to cross the border illegally, more will succeed. Regrettably, Congress’s discussion of amnesty has played a role in this increase. Stories from the Mexican side of the border indicate that the word is out among would-be-unlawful immigrants—the U.S. is considering amnesty, so cross now and maybe you can get some kind of legalization. Congress’s very discussion of amnesty, whether it is a special pathway to citizenship or just a pathway to legalization, is encouraging illegal immigration and making it more difficult for the Border Patrol to secure the border.

To try to make it seem like their irresponsible discussion of amnesty isn’t so bad, some in Congress are proposing various security and enforcement bills to crack down on illegal immigration in exchange for amnesty. Most of these policies, however, are incredibly flawed and do little more than create misguided metrics and extra reports for DHS, while providing no real security.

More importantly, why should we assume that these bills would be treated differently than current laws? The DHS is supposed to have already secured the border and be enforcing our immigration laws, but it isn’t doing either.

While recent Presidents have not done enough to enforce U.S. law or secure the border, President Obama has taken disregard for U.S. laws and security to unprecedented levels. He has unilaterally decided that certain immigration laws shouldn’t be enforced. Under President Obama, the DHS has effectively helped smugglers bring unlawful immigrants across the border with no consequences for the unlawful immigrant.

When the President of the United States, who is sworn to enforce the nation’s law and defend its borders, treats these responsibilities with contempt, what good will new, stricter laws do? President Obama or a future President can just continue the pattern of disregarding any immigration laws. As a result, Congress can pass the best border security and enforcement laws ever, but without real and proven enforcement, these laws are just words on paper.

Rather than fall for the trap that new security and enforcement laws make amnesty workable, lawmakers would be wise to take a look at what happened in 1986, the last time the U.S. gave out amnesty. Congress promised tough, new immigration laws that would stop illegal immigration; when all was said and done, all the U.S. got was amnesty.

Congress shouldn’t make the same mistake twice, but rather insist that current laws be faithfully enforced by the President. Anything less is just a dangerous case of wishful thinking.

Related: CHAOS AND CORRUPTION ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER: A Texas Rancher Speaks

Doug Ross @ Journal