Immigrants as Pawns: The 2012 Presidential Elections.
Neither the Republican or Democratic party are really interested in addressing reform of the United States’ immigration laws.
The clearest example, from the Republican camp, comes from the Tea Party darling Herman Cain, who has gone as far as advocating an electric fence to stop illegal immigration:
From the New York Times:
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Saturday that part of hisimmigration policy would be to build an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.
The remarks, which came at two campaign rallies in Tennessee as part of a barnstorming bus tour across the state, drew loud cheers from crowds of several hundred people at each rally. At the second stop, in Harriman, Tenn., Mr. Cain added that he also would consider using military troops “with real guns and real bullets” on the border to stop illegal immigration.
Mr. Cain went into the fine details of his plan:
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’” At an earlier rally, on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., he added that the sign would be written “in English and in Spanish.”
Since these comments, Mr. Cain has stated that he made in “jest.”
Objectively speaking, a candidate should not be joking about killing human beings for committing at the very least a misdemeanor crime. But this type of fierce rhetoric by the GOP allows Democrats to look a better alternative without having to lift a finger.
As most know, under the administration of Barack Obama, deportations have skyrocketed past the levels of his predecessor, George Bush. Moreover, little, if any, meaningful administrative reform has been achieved under the current administration.
In the end, the actions of the politicians should be given more weight than the words, no matter how revolting or appealing the latter may be.