Skip to comments.What If Arizona Were Quebec?
Posted on 05/03/2010 7:35:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Suppose for a moment that 15 million Americans -- the population of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut combined -- sneaked across the border into Quebec. Suppose that these illegal immigrants refused to learn to speak French, that they applied for Canadian welfare, that they reproduced at a rate higher than Quebec's residents, and that they bankrupted Canada's socialized medical system. Suppose that they sent their children to Canadian schools in such large numbers that Quebec's school system had to teach "French as a Second Language" courses.
Suppose that the 15 million illegal American aliens included large numbers of criminals, drug dealers from Vermont, and arms traffickers, causing Quebec's crime rate to soar; that they comprised 20% to 30% of Quebec's prison inmates; and that they routinely evaded capture by Canadian authorities by sneaking back across the border, where they engaged in gang warfare.
Suppose that the illegal Americans congregated in packs on Montreal street corners, looking for day labor for which they did not pay taxes, and drove through the streets of Quebec without driver's licenses or motor vehicle insurance. Suppose that the illegals marched openly in the streets of Montreal, waving the Stars and Stripes, celebrating the Fourth of July, and demanding amnesty. Suppose that illegal American college students formed radical pro-U.S. organizations on Quebec's campuses and demanded resident tuition discounts and affirmative-action preferences.
Let us further suppose that when the Montreal Canadiens played the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, large numbers of illegal Americans waved the American flag, booed, hissed, and doused Canadiens fans with beer when "O, Canada" was sung in French prior to the opening face-off.
How do you suppose Canada would react? Would Quebec City and Laval declare themselves "sanctuary cities" and refuse to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport the illegal Americans? Would Quebec offer driver's licenses to the illegals? Would the province refuse to ask voters for identification and proof of citizenship?
If Quebec's provincial parliament passed a law allowing the police to demand proof of citizenship from suspected illegals, would the Prime Minister call it "misguided"? Would the Bishop of Montreal accuse the province of "Nazism"? Would residents of Calgary and Winnipeg call for a boycott of Quebec? Do you suppose the federal parliament in Ottawa would propose legislation to grant citizenship to the illegals (thereby allowing them to sponsor the emigration to Canada of their relatives back in the Unites States)?
Of course not. Anyone remotely familiar with Canadian politics knows exactly what would happen. A situation like the one described above would cause the province to explode.
At the very least, you can bet that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Customs Canada would have tactical units all along the border from Massena to New Brunswick. At worst, there would be war. Francophones would be screaming "Arrêt!" and "Non!" to illegal immigration at the top of their lungs. Canada's leading pundits and politicians would be demanding the preservation of Canadian culture against the onslaught from the United States. All of the obnoxious moral priggishness about "human rights" and "multiculturalism" that Canada has become so famous for would go out the window in a heartbeat, and the Canadians would spare no expense in rounding up and deporting the illegal American invaders.
French-Canadians are extremely prickly about their cultural heritage. Quebec has legislatively forbidden stores to advertise in English and mandated the use of French in public schools. French-Canadians have their own political party, the Parti Quebecois, to promote their interests. In 1995, the province held a referendum and came within one percentage point of voting to secede from Canada.
It is utterly mind-boggling to see the reaction of the cultural and political elites in the United States to the law passed by Arizona last week empowering the state to enforce immigration laws. Cardinal Mahoney of Los Angeles characterized the law as "Nazism," and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano called it "misguided" and "not ... good."
The Constitution grants Congress the authority to "establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization" and to "repel Invasions." But prominent congressional leaders like Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Raúl Grijalva have taken positions opposing the enforcement of the immigration laws Congress itself has passed.
Even the president has criticized Arizona's law, calling instead for granting citizenship to illegals. What else would you expect from a president who spent his childhood in Indonesia, bowed to foreign emperors, gave a campaign speech as a citizen of the world in Berlin, and who currently has an aunt living as an illegal alien on welfare in Boston? Certainly it is unrealistic to expect that he will serve the interests of the United States.
No sane country has ever elected elites who have systematically undermined their own culture and erased their national borders. Even the French-Canadians know how to stand up for themselves. Who will stand up for the United States and demand, without apology, that the border be sealed and the illegals deported? The Republicans won't do it, the Tea Party is impotent and rudderless, and the Democrats are actively aiding and abetting those who seek to undermine us. If we are unwilling to police our own borders, we are doomed.
I'm not certain what it will take to preserve the United States, but we had better come up with something effective -- and soon.
If the people left behind voted conservative I would applaud such a move. :)
ha..2 yr mandatory jail time if caught with no papers in mexico...trying to pick up a hammer
If Arizona were Quebec, their would be a fight to emigrate not immigrate.
I would rather ask, “Where does amnesty end? At the southern border, state border, city, neighborhood, your front door?” After all, illegal aliens need safe havens, homes, refrigerators. If the lives and livelyhoods of American citizens have no value, why have locks on any doors? Let’s not stop half way in our compassion for the undeserving!
Mr Filizof...what you don’t understand is that,unlike Canada,the United States doesn’t have a right to have borders.As a result *anyone* who wants to come here should be able to do so...stay as long as he/she wants...bring 47 jobless,illiterate relatives along....get free food,free housing,free health care,free cell phones...and not be expected to follow oppressive rules like getting a driver’s license or insurance for their 20 year old Plymouth.
Mandatory 2 year sentence for anyone caught hiring illegals.
All well and good. But FIRST of all, the truth about the criminal conduct of illegals has to actually make it to the evening news!!! When it is covered up, these thugs are able to get AWAY with murder!
What if Alaska was like Arizona?
Seriously why not? All the same laws but without any illegal immigrants.
The perfect state to start a bridgehead in immigration reform.
Who is going to complain? Alaska is a nobody state to Obama.
Suppose we bus illegals from AZ to the Canadian border for free.....and give ‘em 10 loonies and a compass?
Agree with this article except the last statement:
“the Tea Party is impotent and rudderless”
The Tea Party is seeding all over the place. It’s guiding principles are embodied in Constitution and the founding documents. Through our founding documents, the founders sought to promote free markets, individual rights, traditional values, rule of law and a strong national defense. This is what the TP movement is all about.
Arguably, the TP movement is actually a more potent without a charismatic but vulnerable leader at the helm. The TP members are typically responsible and self sufficient individuals capable of self-government. They are also capable of self organizing. Its cellular structure is more difficult to attack and root out.
It’s not up to the elites or the newly elected elites to think and decide for us. It will be up to emerging ranks of strong willed self sufficient individuals acting together to elect responsible representatives and hold them to account.
That's an easy one. He needs the money of the (Catholic) immigrants.
I have always believed that the state governments are the answer to illegal immigration. Arizona is a start and hopefully other states will follow. If some states, like California, prefer to commit suicide then so be it. One thing for sure .... the federal government needs to be challenged by the insistence of states' rights.
The tea parties are being taken over by the Paulbots
This is Ron Paul’s 2008 economic advisor, Peter Schiff, he is running for Chris Dodd’s seat
the Ct Tea Parties are almost foaming at the mouth for this guy, and it is causing strong division within the tea party movement
he is FOR complete open immigration and openly says there are plenty of jobs to go around and that we need immigrants