A Ploy? Or Does Hillary Get It?

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Mon Jan 3 12:17:47 MST 2005

Subject: That Hillary Immigration Ploy

December 27, 2004

That Hillary Immigration Ploy
By Sam Francis


It's beginning to dawn, even on American politicians, that you
cannot have something like 34 million immigrants in the country
and not expect immigration to become a major political issue.

The latest politician in whose brain this insight has blossomed is
the junior senator from New York and very possibly the next
president of the United States: Mrs. William J. Clinton, popularly
known as "Hillary."

The Washington Times reports that "Hillary goes conservative on
immigration," [by Charles Hurt, December 13, 2004] which means, in
case you're the kind of "conservative" who thinks mass immigration
is a good thing, that she is opposed to immigration.

Or at least that is what the noises she is making about the issue
would suggest.

Mrs. Clinton, widely suspected of being the next Democratic
presidential nominee in a year when the incumbent Republican
leaves office, has a pretty good chance of being the next
president, and it's interesting she's making the noises on
immigration she is.

In 2002, Mrs. Clinton won the New York Senate race with some 85
percent of the state's Hispanic vote.

That by itself would suggest that Hispanics are a major
constituency for her, at least in the state and probably
nationally, and that she really doesn't want to alienate them by
being against more

Then again, maybe Mrs. Clinton is just a little smarter than a
good many of the Republicans who adhere to the Open Borders lobby
propaganda lines that

(a) all Hispanics are necessarily for immigration and

(b) being against immigration or some of it will lose you the
Hispanic vote.

In short, Mrs. Clinton, unlike some Republicans, might actually
have looked at this year's election returns.

Maybe so, but even if she's thinking about making immigration
control a major part of her future political strategy, she seems
to have a ways to go before she figures out how to do it.
Consider, for example, some of what she's been saying, as the
Times reports it.

Almost everything Mrs. Clinton has said about the issue centers on
illegal immigration. That's fine as far as it goes, but most
experts and political leaders who are serious about the issue
understand that illegal immigration is only part of the problem.
The even more massive legal immigration causes the same problems
as the illegal kind.

In a recent interview on WABC radio, the Times reports Mrs.
Clinton as saying, "I am, you know, adamantly against illegal

Yes, but you see, no knowledgeable person who's really against
illegal immigration would say he's "against illegal immigrants."
It's immigration, not the immigrants, that's objectionable. Being
"anti-immigrant" is in fact a canard the Open Borders lobby uses
to claim that supporters of immigration control just dislike the
immigrants themselves.

In the same interview, she also said,

"Clearly, we have to make some tough decisions as a country, and
one of them ought to be coming up with a much better
entry-and-exit system so that if we're going to let people in for
the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system
that keeps track of them."

Yes, well, that's more or less what President Bush claims he's
proposing in his "guest worker" program that is really an amnesty
for illegals. The problem with the kind of guest worker or "entry
and exit" programs they're proposing is that they're all entry and
no exit. Once the immigrants come in, no one will be able to make
them go back.

Mrs. Clinton may or may not be serious about her new noises
against immigration. Personally I hope she is and that she learns
more about it and thinks it through a bit more than she seems to
have done.

But what's really significant about her immigration control
posturing is that it's happening at all.

"She's not a dumb woman," a spokesman for immigration control
champion Tom Tancredo told the Times. "She's got a great liberal
base, and she realizes there's no better way to draw in more
conservative voters. She has really come out to the forefront on

After years of trying to explain to the leadership of the
Republican Party that mass immigration is not only a danger to our
national security and identity, conservatives may now be on the
eve of finding that the person who has really paid attention is
someone whom most conservatives loathe.

In fact, that outcome was probably inevitable.

As libertarians and neo-cons badgered the Republicans into
ignoring the immigration issue totally, it was probably only a
matter of time before someone not at all a conservative perceived
what the immigration issue could gain him (or her).

If Mrs. Clinton lights her path toward the White House with the
issue of immigration control in a serious way, the Open Borders
Republicans may find they merely dug their own political graves.


Sam Francis [email him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A
selection of his columns, America Extinguished: Mass Immigration
And The Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available from
Americans For Immigration Control. Click here for Sam Francis'
website. Click here to order his monograph, Ethnopolitics:
Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future.

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