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  The "false dichotomy," tool of demagogues  
F
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 amnesty.

Of course, there are better alternatives:

  • 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 population.
  • 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 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Infinite Ingress: A Human Wave Is Breaking over California (Los Angeles Times)

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 amnesty)


+== TAKE POSITIVE ACTION ==+

The billboard that the Reagan Advertising company in Salt Lake City has decided is inappropriate for our democracy

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 going.

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) 521 1775

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 American people.

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
Wall Street Journal
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.

James Wood
North Babylon, Long Island, NY


 
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