ew things in politics are more destructive and dangerous
than the false dichotomy-an "either/or" situation which limits
solutions to a given problem to two or three exclusive,
usually extreme, options. For example, Hitler used the false
dichotomy to great effect, telling Germans that the solutions
to the problems facing Germany in the 1930s were limited to
Nazism or Jewish communism.
Backers of a more modern and moderate
immigration policy are often confronted with this logical
fallacy. In countless newspaper articles and television news
shows, the debate about what to do about the millions of
foreign nationals living illegally in the United States is
presented as a choice between the radical extremes of mass
amnesty and mass deportation.
This leaves immigration moderates in the position of either
having to defend "mass round-ups" or accept another
Of course, there are better
- First, simply tightening border controls and giving our
men and women on the border the tools they need to do their
jobs will make a serious dent in the growth of the illegal
- Second, enforce laws already on the books
(which, by the way, include deportation). Even a slight
attempt at internal enforcement has a major positive effect
on the illegal population, as demonstrated when the United
States implemented the very timid program to require young
males from certain Middle Eastern countries to simply come
in to INS offices and register. The benign attempt at law
enforcement alone resulted, by some estimates, in nearly
half the illegal aliens from those countries leaving the
United States permanently.
- Third, make a few minor adjustments to
public policy to remove the magnets that tempt millions of
foreigners to sneak into the country in the first place. End
social services for illegals, and stop the absurd custom of
granting "birthright citizenship" to anyone who happens to
have been born on U.S. soil, even if the mother is an
illegal alien, tourist, or temporary worker.
These three options would have an extremely positive impact
on the size of the U.S. illegal alien population and would
avoid the extremes of mass amnesty or mass deportation.
Immigration reductionists should avoid the trap of the false
dichotomy and, since hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens
permanently leave the United States every year anyway, if the
simple steps above were taken, the problem would soon take
care of itself.
+== RELEVANT LINKS ==+
Clark vows to curb illegal immigration if elected president
Infinite Ingress: A Human Wave Is Breaking over California
Lessons and cautions from Europe on assimilating immigrants
(Fukuyama in Wall Street Journal) (An example of the
false dichotomy on immigration used as a powerful argument for
+== TAKE POSITIVE ACTION ==+
The billboard that the Reagan Advertising company in
Salt Lake City has decided is inappropriate for our
Many of you have contributed to the campaign ProjectUSA has
launched to raise the immigration issue in nine targeted
Congressional districts, and some have wondered how that is
Most of the activity, of course, will take place in the
fall just before the election (but it is extremely helpful to
raise money now for the fall campaign).
In one district, however, it is best to take the action
now, since it is nearly a one party district and it is in the
caucus meetings and so forth that the real political battles
are waged. That district is Utah's Third, home to Congressman
Chris Cannon-one of the most irresponsible members of Congress
and a major champion of mass amnesties.
ProjectUSA had a billboard (pictured above) contracted in
the district to go up mid February. Then, late last week, the
billboard company broke the contract. Several calls from
ProjectUSA to the president of the company asking for an
explanation weren't even returned. Maybe he'll be more open
about sharing the reason for his decision if his office is
flooded with calls:
President of Reagan Outdoor Advertising: Dewey Reagan (801)
We are scrambling to get a replacement board, of course,
and are confident we will be successful. In the meantime,
don't forget to help us by pitching in.
Take Action #2: It is unusual for us to
give you more than one "action" per ezine, but this time it's
called for. There may be a crack in the wall of ignorance and
political correctness that has every candidate for President
in the 2004 elections taking positions on immigration
radically opposed to both common sense and the will of the
Nevertheless, General Wesley Clark has taken a risk and
aligned himself with about nine out of ten voters by actually
saying he would "stem illegal immigration" if elected.
Of course, he followed it up with something about "allowing
immigrants to earn citizenship over time," which is just a lot
of happy nonsense, since "immigrants" are already allowed to
earn citizenship over time.
Call the Clark campaign and tell them you oppose amnesty
for illegal aliens, and, even more so, you oppose
double-talking politicians who are soft on law-breaking.
Clark campaign: (501) 537-2004
+== QUOTE OF THE WEEK ==+
But since we
are not about to expel the nearly seven million people
potentially eligible for this program, we need to consider
what policies would lead to their most rapid integration into
mainstream American society.
Francis Fukuyama arguing for the Bush Amnesty
January 31, 2004
+== EMAIL OF THE WEEK ==+
I know we have no where to turn regarding this amnesty
proposal by Bush, but if we can bring enough pressure on
Congress to let Bush know how America feels about immigration,
it is betting than doing nothing. I will be writing
Congressman Peter King and let him know exactly how I feel.
I will also write Bush and tell him there will be no
dollars from my pocket going to the GOP this year.
North Babylon, Long Island, NY