opinion web
Liberal Opinion Conservative Opinion
diane dimond
Diane Dimond
28 Mar 2015
More Female Police Officers, Please

When you were growing up and there was a dispute between siblings, who stepped in to bring about a peaceful solution?… Read More.

21 Mar 2015
Applying Newton's First Law of Motion to Politics

Bravo and Hooray! We the American people have officially identified what's wrong with this country. For four … Read More.

14 Mar 2015
Candidate Clinton Needs an Outside Prosecutor

I've got two people I'd like to bring together on behalf of the voters of the United States of America. … Read More.

The Next Big Push -- Immigration Reform


The low rumble has started — can you hear it where you are? It's the sound of the nation's next big reform movement.

Immigration reform! Immigration reform! Immigration reform! The movement is gaining momentum.

Now that the massive health care reform bill has been signed into law (never mind for now that its constitutionality is being challenged by several state attorneys general), the next big agenda item is what to do with the more than 12 million illegal aliens in our country.

Regular readers know why I don't use the politically correct phrase: "undocumented workers." To me it's like calling a drug dealer an "undocumented pharmacist" or someone who robs banks an "undocumented money handler." I don't say this to personally denigrate those who are in our country illegally, but it is an undeniable fact that the 12 million in question are breaking the law every single day they remain in this country.

Who wants to have to live like that? And what kind of country forces such legal limbo on people year after year?

We've got to act, and there are only three alternatives: let the broken system continue, try to deport all 12 million illegals (yeah, good luck with that) or come up with a functioning, responsible immigration policy — One that is heartfelt and humane but serious and stern enough to steer those who are already here, helping America function every day, become legal, taxpaying citizens.

Truly effective immigration policy must include iron-fisted border protection. It must come down hard on unscrupulous employers who knowingly hire inexpensive illegal workers. And it must act swiftly to remove any workers convicted of a serious crime or ones who fail to live up to their documentation responsibilities.

Now, having said all that, I'd like to directly address those who would like to make America their permanent, legal home.

Go ahead with your peaceful rallies, like the recent "March for America" in Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands of immigration reform supporters hit the streets. But, please, stop with the demands that this country somehow owes you something. Be thankful that immigration agents didn't wade into the crowd to arrest the illegals at your rally. Be grateful that you've gotten to live here as long as you have.

And realize that I, along with a lot of other Americans, am turned off watching your foreign flags flutter in the breeze while you chant, "Give us change, give it now!"

I was heartened at the enormous turnout and peaceful nature of the Washington event. I hope our nation's lawmakers took notice and became energized to finally tackle the immigration issues that have been allowed to languish for so long. But then I heard the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, declare, "This is our Selma!"

It was a shameful thing to equate what happened in Selma, Ala., in 1965 — a series of marches by African-American citizens demanding that the voting rights law be upheld so they could freely exercise their right to cast a ballot — to today's struggle by illegal aliens. Those brave and bloody marches were to make sure laws already on the books were respected and enforced. This struggle is on behalf of those who openly violate our laws. No comparison.

Is America perfect? No. Is it better than where you hail from? Apparently, or you likely wouldn't be here. Have we allowed our immigration situation to become a mess? You bet we have, and shame on those elected officials who've failed to tackle the massive problem year after year. Shame on us, the voters, for not insisting that something definitive be done a lot sooner.

Look, no thoughtful human being can fail to acknowledge the contribution these workers make to our economy. We should never lose sight of the plight of illegal aliens, driven by the desire to provide better for their families, who live every day in fear that immigration agents will knock on their door. But at the same time they must admit they are in a situation of their own making, held hostage by the consequences of their choice to live in a country illegally.

Yes, I now hear the low rumble rolling across the land. I'm glad the immigration issue is picking up steam. But if there's one lesson to be learned from the painfully divisive health care battle we all just endured, we have to keep America's best interests at heart. Not the best interests of the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, or even the best interests of those trying to step onto the pathway to citizenship.

If you've never written to your senator or congressman, do it now. Insist on a completely open, honest and focused debate on immigration policy — one that puts America first. Then, remind your elected official that you vote.

Visit Diane Dimond's official website at for investigative reporting, polls and more. To find out more about Diane Dimond and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



1 Comments | Post Comment
You write, "...let the broken system continue," as one alternative. I would ask, "How is the "system" broken?" The United States allows 1 million immigrants a year to achieve legal status. Just because the criminal invaders do not follow our system is no reason to condemn the system. Amnesty did not work in the past. What it did was undermine the ability of this country to tell the world, "Immigrate, legally>" Instead the message became, "They don't really mean it. There will be another amnesty". And, there was. Are you advocating counting, One, two, three, I really mean it, this time? OK. One, two, three. OK. I really, really, mean it THIS time. One, two, three. Now stop that. I said, "I really mean it!" WOW! Let me say that, backwards. WOW! I'm really impressed. No. Really. I am. /sarc Give this country a break. We don't owe the whole world. This is our country. I for one am sick and tired of nanny-liberals caving in to others at our expense. You want criminal invaders. Let them live in your yard. You take care of them. But, stop trying to force me to do it.
Comment: #1
Posted by: David Henricks
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:54 AM
Already have an account? Log in.
New Account  
Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Password:
Confirm Your Password:

Please allow a few minutes for your comment to be posted.

Enter the numbers to the right: comments policy
Diane Dimond
Mar. `15
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
About the author About the author
Write the author Write the author
Printer friendly format Printer friendly format
Email to friend Email to friend
View by Month
Walter Williams
Walter E. WilliamsUpdated 1 Apr 2015
Patrick Buchanan
Pat BuchananUpdated 31 Mar 2015
Dennis Prager
Dennis PragerUpdated 31 Mar 2015

13 Nov 2010 America Finances Crime in Afghanistan

16 Jun 2012 Bravery in the Witness Box

12 Feb 2011 Digging Deeper on Teen Killers