DATE: 1/27/2004 08:25:00 AM
Ending the Fantasy - Some conservatives reacted with sputtering fury when the president unveiled his plans to deal with illegal immigrants now working in the United States. These conservatives cry 'amnesty' and say the president is pandering, while claiming we have done nothing to close our borders. This editorial by the Wall Street Journal says otherwise. The 'round 'em up and send 'em home' contingent in the conservative movement are living in a world largely of their own making and are close to morphing into the modern-day version of the Know-Nothings. Such nativism does not fit in a country created and populated primarily by immigrants. Conservatives often criticize liberals for clinging to failed policies. It's time for those conservatives to stop doing the same.