Amoral Anglo American Attitudes
Bush and Blair just promised their electors that they're changing their ways and will now enforce the rule of law. I'm sorry to say that I think they are not telling the truth.
President Bush said:
...by the end of his presidency, he will have doubled the size of the Border Patrol to 12,000.This is like the CEO of a bankrupt company congratulating himself for doubling R&D spend. In the real world, outputs matter, not inputs, and the outputs are 12 million illegals - 4% of the US population! His amnesty proposals are just as weak:
But if he considers the millions of illegals already in the US an unchangeable "reality", he's saying that the US has no choice but to make them citizens. So all his assurances are window dressing and Americans should expect his citizenship rules will be applied as rigorously as his border security - i.e. not at all.
"We must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship...
"I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law -- to pay their taxes, to learn English and to work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship -- but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law."
There are plenty of solutions available - here for example (hat tip Rottweiler) - so why hasn't the president employed his courage and resolution to confront this problem? I fear he's decided that a) the US population has to grow fast, and b) the only mass population available is Mexico's. If so, he should tell American people so they can debate these assumptions. Instead, by first trying to suppress the problem and now proposing band aids, he's stifling that debate.
Blair is singing from the same hymn book:
The failure of the UK judicial system has - like the open US borders - been common knowledge for years. Foreign criminals are not deported - some are even given citizenship. Immigration is uncontrolled. Sentencing is weak (10 years for taking someone's life), and perps are released early, the better to kill, rape, brutalize or steal.
Tony Blair admitted yesterday that he had failed to sort out the criminal justice system during nine years in power and had left the public at risk from violent and drug-abusing offenders...
His admission that the system was failing the public came despite an avalanche of new criminal justice laws and special initiatives since Labour took office in 1997.
Downing Street sought to show that the Government was pressing ahead with a reform agenda by releasing letters from Mr Blair to four Cabinet ministers setting out his priorities.
Writing to John Reid, the Home Secretary, Mr Blair raised the prospect of new legislation to overrule human rights judgments.
As a result, every Brit I know has been on the receiving end of criminality, and they don't trust politicians, cops or judges.
As NYC showed in the 90s, the Brit epidemic of criminality isn't a hard problem to fix. Locking criminals up longer keeps them from re-offending & deters others. To do that needs changes in the law, more jails and new judges. Blair could have done this anytime - he has no problem passing laws, and after raising Brit taxes above German levels, has plenty of cash. He's proved ready to change the Constitution so he could fire most of the House of Lords and fill it with his placemen. Busting the Brit judge class is easy by comparison.
There are other easy measures to stem the epidemic - automatically deporting all foreign criminals, hiring more cops, and replacing their PC managers. He's passed on these measures too.
Blair is no fool, and we should assume his toleration of illegality is deliberate. The most plausible explanation is that he thinks the same as the president - he wants immigrants and isn't choosy where they come from and whether they obey Brit laws.
His new good intentions are as unbelievable as the president's and he also will not abide by his new promises.
Both men presumably calculate that their parties won't suffer politically since their opponents are even softer on crime. They may be right, but I think it more likely that voters in both countries are past the point of no return.
So Americans can look forward to Hillarycare, and Brits to Socialism With a Tory Face.