Liberal Grace

Monday, July 03, 2006

Walls and Gulags -- your vision of America?

The ugly rancor of the illegal immigration debate has helped America in one regard: it has clarified a competing vision for America.

"Where we spend our tax dollars
will reveal our vision for America. "

Is America a country typified by the Statue of Liberty,

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,"

Or is your vision for America a country with walls and gulags? Spending billions in a futile attempt to block and jail the "tempest-tost"?

I think Don Goldwater embodies this other vision of America.

WASHINGTON - A Republican gubernatorial candidate's call for creation of a forced labor camp for illegal immigrants drew rebukes Friday from two GOP lawmakers, who labeled it a low point in the immigration debate.

Don Goldwater, nephew of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, caused an international stir this week when EFE, a national news agency of Spain, quoted him as saying he wanted to hold undocumented immigrants in camps to use them "as labor in the construction of a wall and to clean the areas of the Arizona desert that they're polluting."

The article described Goldwater's plan as a "concentration camp" for migrants.
GOP candidate's call for labor camp rebuked

Where we spend our tax dollars will reveal our vision for America.

Are you enthusiastic about spending hundreds of billions of tax dollars on a massive effort to keep people out?

Or are you satisfied with reasonably-priced immigration efforts and spend those billions in creating a dynamic economy that can accommodate more new immigrants?

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