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Voters & illegals

| Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007

Aeschylus, a playwright in ancient Greece, wrote, "In war, truth is the first casualty." So, too, in the raging battle over illegal aliens as political pundits in the chattering class cherry-pick election results to claim Americans don't want an unforgiving policy.

Yes, more than a few losing candidates in November opposed granting amnesty to make millions of illegals legal. But maybe they lost because of overriding issues such as the war in Iraq, bloated budgets and unethical behavior inside the Beltway.

And many lost to opponents who want to enforce immigration laws, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. FAIR is an organization of 250,000 members and supporters that focuses on immigration policy. Go online to to learn the immigration stance of the new members of Congress.

In a post-election analysis, FAIR President Dan Stein also cites the overwhelming voter support of measures on the Arizona ballot in November that limit the "rights" of illegals. They face being denied bail, punitive damages in civil suits and access to social services. Voters also said English should be the official state language.

A principled and passionate stand opposing amnesty for foreign invaders is the best cure-all for spin-doctor malpractice.

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