Monday, May 22, 2006

Krikorian on amnesty

At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference -- which I attended to promote DONKEY CONS (buy TWO) -- I had the good fortune of meeting Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.

In a CPAC panel discussion on immigration, Mr. Krikorian remarked that the most important factor in the current debate is the "gap between elite and public opinion."

Mr. Krikorian, one of the most respected experts on immigration, has recently expanded this theme in an excellent article for National Review online:
It’s clear that both the White House and the bipartisan amnesty crowd in the Senate think that opposition to their agenda of citizenship for illegals and huge increases in legal immigration is concentrated in a small but vocal minority of yahoos that can be placated with dramatic (but ultimately empty) gestures.
By all means, go read the whole thing.

Also, I recommend reading Richard Viguerie in the Other Paper (h/t Dan Riehl):
Sixty-five months into Bush's presidency, conservatives feel betrayed. After the "Bridge to Nowhere" transportation bill, the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination and the Dubai Ports World deal, the immigration crisis was the tipping point for us. Indeed, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found last week that Republican disapproval of Bush's presidency had increased from 16 percent to 30 percent in one month. It is largely the defection of conservatives that is driving the president's poll numbers to new lows.