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February 6, 2014

Anderson: Inviting everyone to America

Because of another incident of global warming, the Legislature’s Transportation Committee postponed its hearing on “An Act Relative to Safe Driving” that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, though the bill describes them as “people who are ineligible for Social Security cards.”

Double cute. Ignoring, as usual, the question, “what part of illegal don’t you understand?” it uses a euphemism to give a vague false impression about the beneficiaries of the bill. Not to mention the title itself, which implies that illegal immigrants can drive safely only if they have a license, though they aren’t supposed to be driving at all, since they aren’t supposed to be here.

Sigh. I sound unsympathetic to those who violated our laws just because they just want a better life for themselves and their families.

I’m tired of being a mean person. I’m changing my mind to “never mind illegal, let everyone who wants a better life come here.” Welcome all!

So, the U.S. population is roughly 314 million. Mexico has 121 million people. Many of them don’t want to emigrate: The middle-class family I lived with as an exchange student never mentioned anything more dramatic than an opportunity to buy American chocolate, which NAFTA has already provided.

However, say that 10 percent of the Mexican population thinks life would be better here: that’s another 12 million people, added to the presently officially estimated 12 million illegals. Welcome, all!

Of course we do not want to be North American-centric. If the poor of Central America can find a way to cross the southern Mexican border, which is tightly controlled (they’ll probably have to pay a border-crossing fee and promise not to stop until they cross the U.S. border), another share of that 197 million population will move here. Welcome all, including the Colombian drug dealers who will meet the Mexican cartel already here. Now, try to get along, guys.

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