Why Have Immigration Law if we Don't Enforce It

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, March 31, 2006

Why Have Immigration Law if we Don't Enforce It

March 31, 2006

President Bush is in Cancun, Mexico meeting with the Mexican president, Vincente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. They’ll mostly discuss border and security issues.

Back here in Washington, politicians are scrambling to put their own interests first. They’re worrying about how the Hispanic vote will go if they are too tough on illegal immigrants. They should be worrying about the safety and security of the United States.

Do our laws mean anything? If not, repeal them, but don’t keep laws on the books without enforcing them. We hear that Hispanics come here for a better life. What can be done to make life better for them in their own countries? Could the United States make it easier for them to get jobs and make money in their countries of origin so they would not feel the need to come here illegally?

Fine, let’s have some sort of guest worker program for those already here that might even put them on a path to citizenship. But if we don’t stop more from coming, including terrorists who are also sneaking into this country, we will rue the day.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.