Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ruben swerves to the right

Ruben Navarrette is what they call a conservative in San Diego media circles. He’s something of a unique commentator since he is Latino himself. Most of the time he walks the middle of the beam, getting just edgy enough to keep both sides reading his column.

But he’s out on a limb today. He’s actually standing up to La Raza, MALDEF, LULAC and the thousand other groups who “want it all” for illegal aliens.

His topic: Worksite raids.

Here’s what he had to say about them:

“Liberals and others on the left have staked out a position that essentially says this: If illegal immigrants can make it past Border Patrol agents on the front lines, they should be able to find sanctuary as long as they punch a timecard.”


“On the larger issue of whether there should even be raids in the first place, the choice is simple: You either think that immigration laws are important and should be enforced – including through work site raids – or you don't.

“Apparently, there are a lot of folks out there who fall into the second category. And, even though it might be based on good intentions, that kind of thinking is not very useful to the debate.”

(end of quote)

Along the way Ruben takes some swipes at the following:

*Barrack Obama
*La Raza (NCLR)
*Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa (LA), Ron Dellums (Oakland CA) and Greg Nickels (Seattle)
*Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

And he doesn’t leave out the employers. Rightly so, Ruben suggests that we’ve been far too lenient with the companies who hire illegal aliens.

Regarding today's commentary, I agree with Ruben Navarrette.

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