Sunday Notes of Note

By McNickle, Colin | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 8, 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Sunday Notes of Note

McNickle, Colin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

John McCain would be wise to find a screwdriver to tighten the loose screw that remains his philosophy regarding illegal aliens.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee continues to insist that deporting illegal aliens is not feasible.

"We're not going to round up 10 million people, my friends, and deport them immediately," he said. "We don't have the capacity to do so."

Actually, the number is more like 20 million illegals. But the senator spews the same false argument as some of the most liberal apologists for amnesty. Nobody's suggesting such a technically impossible feat as an immediate mass roundup. That Sen. McCain more than suggests they are is intellectually dishonest.

What a majority of the good and law-abiding legal citizens are suggesting is that enforcement be stepped up, as the feds recently have been doing, and that we start whittling away at the illegal horde, one illegal at a time.

Sears likely will have a sale on Craftsman screwdrivers in advance of Father's Day. Perhaps the McCain kids will take the hint.

This same kind of intellectual vapidity is on display by Raquel Aldana, a University of Nevada Las Vegas law professor and board member of the Society of American Law Teachers.

She chides the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) for arresting nearly 400 illegal aliens during a recent raid at a Postville, Iowa, meatpacking plant. Such raids, she says, "are leading our nation to a moral, legal and humanitarian crisis."

Enforcing the law is "a moral, legal and humanitarian crisis"?

These law-breaking illegal aliens aren't to blame, Ms. Aldana says of ICE's "heavy handed enforcement"; the real culprit is this country's "shameful" and "failed immigration reform."

These and other illegal aliens' lawbreaking is justified because, GASP!, the federal government places limits on the number of foreigners it allows into the United States. Well, imagine that!

But wait! Counselor Aldana isn't done yet. She calls the Iowa roundup an "unprecedented criminalization of undocumented workers." Furthermore, she more than intimates that the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth-Amendment "rights" of these workers have been violated.

They're ILLEGALS, for cryin' out loud!

You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.

A Heritage Foundation analysis concludes the Joe Lieberman-John Warner plan to control global warming through "capping" and "trading" greenhouse gas emissions -- The Climate Security Act of 2008 -- "would cost the nation (in 2025 alone) at least 500,000 jobs and cut economic output by at least $125 billion for little to no environmental benefit.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Sunday Notes of Note


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?