The Supreme Court last week heard arguments on Arizona's immigration law and the federal government's position that the state is usurping federal power. Arizona argues it is merely enforcing the law, which the feds aren't doing.
Meanwhile, net immigration from Mexico has fallen to zero. The reason? The economy has improved in Mexico and people are starting to find jobs closer to home.
The Wall Street Journal puts it this way: "After four decades that brought 12 million Mexican immigrants -- more than half of them illegally -- to the United States, the curtain has finally come down on the biggest immigration wave in modern times."
What needs to be done is complete the border fence and continue to encourage those here illegally either to apply for citizenship or go home to jobs in their own country.
Democrats can be expected to continue to use the issue to win Hispanic voters, but many Hispanics who are legal residents oppose those who broke the law to get here. We should be welcoming to all who want to come to America and obey our laws, but not the lawless of whatever background and language.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: April 30, 2012