Editorial from the Times Newsweekly:
Certain organizations are big on granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Churches, seeking to increase their membership, are strong advocates of pardons for breaking the law. As the number of their flocks dwindles, illegal immigrants present a new wave of parishioners.
Democrats seem to favor amnesty since it has been a tradition that newcomers, legal or illegal, become Democrats. By adding millions to their party, the scale of elections will effectively tip in their favor.
Labor groups like the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the Change to Win federation are banding to endorse the legalization of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. — and why not? Labor unions, always seeking new members, see a workforce of millions adding to the union coffers.
There are legitimate drawbacks to blanket amnesty. Unfortunately, anyone who disagrees with the open border policy risks being labeled a racist, bigot or supremacist.
With an increase of millions more seeking assistance, the schools, hospitals, housing and social services would be in worse shape than they are now.
President Barack Obama is planning to address the country's immigration system this year and is seeking a path for illegal immigrants to become legal.
He knows this to be an emotionally-charged and controversial issue. It is hoped that as this nation's leader, President Obama will show sufficient care and logic to consider the needs of the present citizens first and foremost — and not be swayed by self-serving groups.
Whoa, I don't think Maureen Walthers read the clubhouse memo on this subject... But it's obvious that the NY Times paid attention to it.