May 10, 2006
A group of black leaders say Mexican and other Hispanic nationals are getting preferential immigration treatment. They claim the U.S. systematically turns away people from countries with populations largely made up of those with African ancestry, including people from Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
They are probably right, but the solution is not to maintain the flow – especially the flood of illegalls – from Mexico and Central America in favor of black immigrants. The answer is to reduce the number of illegals from whatever country.
No one has a right to come to America and no one has a right to hold a job here. My passport is stamped by immigration officers in other countries I visit. Those stamps tell me I am limited in the amount of time I can spend in those countries and I am prohibited from holding a job or receiving public assistance of any kind.
If that is true for countries I visit, why can’t it also true in the country of my birth and citizenship?
So while the black leaders may be right, they are wrong if they are suggesting we should open our already porous borders even wider.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.