I’ll miss Lou Dobs on CNN each evening, not because I share his opinion on most issues or even because I like his personality or style for, in fact, I neither share many of his opinions nor particularly like the man. I find Dobbs to be overbearing with an irritatingly inflated sense of his own self-importance.
One thing I will miss though is his unrelenting attack on illegal immigration. Only with constant media pressure will the United States Congress act decisively to correct the current system in which laws are flaunted and legal residents and citizens carry an unfairly high proportion of the tax burden in that nation. Men like Lou Dobbs are invaluable assets in the struggle to get Congress to end the current sham of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” immigration policy and other such illegal immigration boondoggles.
And I’m afraid that until the United States substantially overhauls its illegal immigration policies, politicians in Canada will not fully overhaul ours.
Should a Democratic president with Barack Obama’s credibility towards minorities pass substantive, comprehensive immigration reform, the mainstream public on both sides of our border will accept the new measures on their face value instead of dismissing them as mean-spirited, right-wing and anti-immigrant.
And that would have the effect of smoothing the way in Canada for more effective legislation, which will almost certainly be unpopular in the immigrant community among left-wing individuals and groups who want an open-door, laissez-faire attitude towards immigration so that they can somehow profit from it.
Let’s hope Lou Dobbs pops up somewhere soon and continues his opposition to illegal immigration—we’ll all benefit in the end.
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