This isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time, that the Drive-by media
and I have completely differing interpretations of poll results. According to the NY Times “there is broad support among Americans” for the “immigration bill before Congress.” (see this New York Times/CBS News Poll)
Now I found the NY Times’ conclusion surprising because I know President Bush has been running into a lot of problems pushing his ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ through congress. As I read further, though, I realized how the NY Times was able to come up with their conclusion…”the nationwide telephone poll did not ask respondents about the immigration bill itself.” So you see, by not actually asking people if they were in favor of the immigration bill, the NY Times finds it easy to conclude that people support it.
If you dig into the poll results a little deeper, though, I think you will see why this immigration bill is facing so many obstacles. “Buried on inside pages of the NYT or omitted from the print version were findings that contradicted the front-page lead of the story. 82% of those surveyed believe the federal government could be doing more to ‘keep illegal immigrants from crossing into this country.’ 61% consider illegal immigration a ‘very serious’ problem for the United States, while 75% favor higher fines and increased enforcement being directed at employers who knowingly hire illegals.” (Immigration-poll distortion)
There are an estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the US and a half million more sneaking across the border each year. And with such poor control of our borders, who’s to say that some of those illegal crossings are not made by Islamic terrorists that want to do us harm. I can see why the American people are skeptical of Bush’s amnesty…I mean ‘earned legalization’ plan; all it is likely to do is create an incentive for more illegal immigration.
There is a great website that illustrates this point: http://www.forgivetaxcheats.com/ The website points out that our government spends more money prosecuting and trying to collect back taxes from tax cheats than they are able to collect in return. The website advocates forgiving these people and stopping spending money to prosecute them and thus saving money and letting the law breakers come out from the ‘shadows’ of society. This is of course, absurd, because such action would only encourage more tax fraud.
We have seen that this tax cheat analogy translates well to the illegal immigration debate. In 1986, the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act legalized an estimated 3 million illegal aliens. It called for tougher border enforcement and penalties against employers hiring illegals. Now 20 years later, instead of solving the problem, the number of illegal aliens has quadrupled. (see Unauthorized Resident Population- United States) Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.