California Dreaming

November 16, 2010

I suppose we should take some solace in the fact that the headline for this story is remarkably accurate and forthright, California Court Backs Illegal Immigrants, especially for a publication that seems to go out of its way to distort the terms of debate in our public discussion of this subject.

As immigration enforcement activist and future Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach said prior to this decision, the outcome was already largely predetermined. The courts in California have traditionally taken a dim view of denying benefits to people living in this country illegally, and the legal precedent of mandating public subsidization for the education of illegal alien children has gradually but inexorably led to taxpayers being forced to bankroll the higher education of those adult children as they matriculate at public universities and colleges.

That being said, I also agree with Mr. Kobach that public sentiment has been galvinized, and that our side is pushing back against the seemingly irresistible push by the political elite for open borders-although the state of California itself might be a lost cause. As the dean of UC-Davis implies in the concluding passage to this article, the next step is probably going to be a battle to extend the court ruling in California to the rest of the country through congressional legislation.

And unfortunately, the Dream Act is a corpse that is never quite buried. So keep your guard up, Congress-watchers.

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