House on fire
“Immigrants are here in huge numbers, unlawfully, in the age of terror. They swell the cost of local life — emergency rooms, schools — which has an impact on local taxes. There are towns and cities that feel, and are, overwhelmed. And no one will help them.
“The essential reason, I think, is that America’s elites don’t want America’s borders closed. Businesses want low-wage workers; intellectuals are wed to global visions of cross-border prosperity; politicians want Hispanic loyalty and the Hispanic vote. It’s not convenient for any of them to close the borders. If Americans on the ground are enduring difficulties over this, it’s [. . .] too bad. This is further eroding America’s already eroding faith in its institutions.
“Our political figures say they have to concentrate on an overall, long-term, comprehensive answer to the immigration problem. So they huff and puff about the long-term implications of this move or that, and in the end they do nothing.
“They are like people in a burning house who sit around discussing the long-term efficacy of various kinds of water hoses while the house burns down around them.”
— Peggy Noonan, writing on “What Grandma Would Say,” Nov. 24 in Opinion Journal at www.opinionjournal.com