AMERICANS INCREASINGLY RESTIVE OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
While the Houston Chronicle's editorial board remains consistent this morning in its long-standing, unabashed support for Houston's "Sanctuary City" status -- i.e., a policy in which Houston's police officers are not allowed to question suspected illegal immigrants about their immigration status and to ask for documentation (except in serious crimes) -- its own James Pinkerton, in a well-done, surprisingly balanced piece published on November 26th, writes of the growing intensity of sentiment among Americans regarding illegal immigration and their desire for tougher enforcement, including the repeal of "Sanctuary City" policies.
Writes Pinkerton (excerpts follow):
More Americans ... are beginning to take a tougher stance against illegal immigration. And they're beginning to question the so-called sanctuary policies that are designed to protect illegal immigrants in such cities as Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
"Every political survey that is done shows concern about immigration ranks up there with education, employment, and health care," said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a lobby group that opposes illegal immigration. "It's on the minds of people everywhere because it's no longer a localized phenomenon."
And here's the money quote -- an observation not often countenanced by MSM editors and a real credit to Pinkerton's objective reporting:
Recent polls show strong opposition to illegal immigration from the southern border, including among Americans of Hispanic origin.
Read that sentence a second time, because open border apologists and liberal political pundits alike tell us over and over again that there would be a Hispanic backlash were the borders secured and internal enforcement stepped up. Quite the contrary: the vast majority of Americans, including its citizens of Latin American ancestry, want the country's borders secured. And, as James Pinkerton reports, they want local law enforcement to buttress the work of federal agents in identifying and deporting illegal aliens, who now number between 11 and 12 million in the United States.
I applaud James Pinkerton's reporting in this article, as it's in sharp contrast to a singularly jaded piece by Gebe Martinez, published in the Houston Chronicle on November 21st. By the way, a misguided Sanctuary City policy in Houston, embraced by the mayor, the chief of police, and the Houston Chronicle, explains in part why 350,000 - 400,000 illegal aliens reside in America's 4th largest city and roam its streets, as if they were American citizens.