According to the DC Examiner, Governor Kaine thinks that foreign companies won’t invest in Virginia unless we are accommodating to illegal aliens. I’ve heard the illegal alien lobby stretch mighty hard to find reasonable-sounding justifications to support the notion that this one class of lawbreaker should not be held accountable for their behavior, but this stretch from our highest state-level elected official is stunning. I’m calling bullcrap here.
“We need to be wise about our immigration policies,” Kaine said. “If we send out the signal we are not welcoming to people from foreign countries, the world-class companies will go somewhere else.”
Delegate Bob Marshall shoots back, demonstrating his typical ability to cut through the bull:
“The work force [Kaine] is trying to attract comes into the country legally,” Marshall told The Examiner. “Is he saying that the CEOs of those big corporations do not understand the importance of obeying the law? If they don’t understand the necessity of obeying the law, we don’t want them here in Virginia anyway.”
What’s really going on here is that Governor Kaine is beginning to realize that his inaction on this issue is hurting him with the voters and may well negatively impact the 2008 elections. As Virginians tune into Lou Dobbs and hear a steady drumbeat from a determined independent that our government at all levels is failing the people by ignoring the problem of illegal aliens, so far they’ve heard nothing of substance from those who want to preserve a status quo that clearly isn’t working, or worse yet provide a “path to citizenship” (read: amnesty) to illegal aliens. The Governor has sided with the illegal alien lobby, a policy position that is accepted by only twenty percent of the electorate. Politically, this is terrifically self-destructive.
In their typical fashion, those relatively few Democrats who have signed on with this inane policy position are cranking up their spin machine to search for a message that will serve as a rhetorical buttress to prop up their weak position. The “they’re hard workers, doing the jobs Americans won’t do” has flopped. The “we need these folks to support our economy” has outraged those lower income voters who find themselves competing for jobs with illegal aliens. So now Kaine is floating the ridiculous concept that international trade in Virginia will be hurt if we actually enforce our immigration laws.
What Kaine is deliberately ignoring here is that the United States takes in more immigrants than all other nations combined, and has more lenient immigration laws than any other nation on earth. The home nations these foreign companies are coming from universally treat illegal aliens as felons, summarily incarcerate them solely for immigration violations, and deport them. Why would they consider the a nation which automatically grants citizenship to anyone born on our soil to be a bad place to do business? It’s nonsense. Foreign investors don’t have this concern, because from their perspective the United States, and Virginia, are more lenient in immigration policy than the countries of which they are citizens.
Kaine’s flailing about for justification here is a good sign. Soon, he will run out of rhetorical diversions and finally have to confront the reality that his determined opposition to enforcing the law in Virginia is bad policy, a violation of his oath of office, wildly unpopular with the electorate, and a grave threat to whatever future political aspirations he may have. In a few weeks, Kaine will trout out something else, it will be summarily batted down, and eventually this rhetorical well will run dry. When that happens, we just might be able to get something done.
Keep flailing, Governor.
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