Keep the Immigration Debate Civil

Arnold actually has a pretty good op-ed piece on illegal immigration in the LA Times today. Like always, he walks the middle ground, but at least in this case, I think it’s a good place to be. I applaud him for calling a spade a spade and actually using the word illegal and I applaud him for reminding people that words can be weapons.

But he does write one odd statement that jumped out at me.

It is hypocritical for Congress to condemn people for coming here
illegally when the federal government has been unwilling to do what it
takes to stop them from coming in the first place.

Seriously? It’s hypocritical to condem law-breaking unless you do enough to try to stop the law-breaking in the first place? What if I said if was hypocritical to condemn shoplifters because the store is not doing enough to stop them in the first place? Would anyone actually buy that argument? I know what he’s getting at, that Congress has implicitly said it’s ok to cross the border illegally by not being serious about enforcing current laws, but the way he wrote that makes it sound completely dumb.

But all in all, a pretty good piece from the Governator, I thought. Like anything in an election cycle, rather short of actual proposals, but it’s something, at least.