Minority Leader McConnell on Illegal Aliens

On March 19, 2007, in General, by Neil Stevens

The Washington Times quotes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on immigration, and despite all the reports that he’s doing a great job in the role, I think he really stuck his foot in his mouth here:

There’s a pretty broad desire to have an accomplishment, to do something, even among members who voted against final passage last year. There is still a lot of sentiment that a comprehensive bill would be the right thing to do,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

It is fundamentally anticonservative to have the idea that doing anything is necessarily better than doing nothing. And while I know the Republican party is not a conservative party, I do believe it governs best and is at its most popular when it incorporates conservatism into its rhetoric and policies. So it’s time for McConnell to shape up on this issue: Senator, call for heightened enforcement (perhaps coupled with earmarked funding?) of the Reagan-era IRCA instead of pushing for a new ‘reform’ package!


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