How Times Have Changed

August 18, 2010

One of the chief drawbacks of being a member of the  United States Senate is the seemingly constant need to completely abandon positions you held earlier in your career, usually  out of a misplaced sense of political expediency. Case in point, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose views on birthright citizenship have evolved over the years.

Putting aside the merits of this debate for a moment, let us look at the possible reasons behind Senator Reid’s reversal on this subject. The fact that Reid has shifted so dramatically over the course of the past two decades demonstrates not so much a gradual political evolution or a grand political epiphany, although he would have you believe so, but a tendency to tailor his positions on immigration issues to suit his personal political goals at the time that he espouses them.

Comfortably reelected in a slightly conservative, bellweather state, and not yet aspiring to lead his party’s caucus in the U.S. Senate, Reid felt comfortable embracing a hawkish position on the subject of immigration in 1993.  Fast-forward a decade and a half, and Senate Majority Leader Reid feels compelled to spearhead the drive for amnesty with his own legislative proposal.  Now, he is so dependent upon the Hispanic vote-condescendingly assuming that every Latino voter supports unfettered immigration and open borders-that his re-election campaign is focused exclusively upon cultivating this constituency.

I think the chief lesson to be drawn from Senator Reid’s predicament is how the primary drivers of comprehensive immigration reform are motivated first and foremost by political factors. Despite the rousing, idealistic rhetoric invoked so often during the course of these debates, the truth is that the people who are trying to enact sweeping, irreversible change to our nation’s immigration policy are doing so solely for political or economic enrichment. This isn’t to say that there aren’t sincere, genuine believers in open borders-there are plenty of them that exist, many of whom I’ve personally debated this issue with-but they are not the ones enacting, or trying to enact, policies like amnesty, and smaller version of amnesty, such as the DREAM Act.

Those legislators and public officials are pursuing an agenda based solely upon politics, not a concern for the cultural enrichment of society, or even because they are genuinely concerned about the millions of illegal aliens who are forever cloaked “in the shadows.”


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