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What’s Condoleezza Rice’s Idea of Inclusive?

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at a convention of California Republicans on Saturday and offered a suggestion about illegal immigration that might leave some Republicans and conservatives scratching their heads.

“We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy … We cannot abandon them … We were once them.”

Much has been written about how illegal immigration affects blacks. Low-skilled workers in the country illegally undercut native-born Americans and exacerbate unemployment. What responsibility is Ms. Rice referring to? If people are in this country in violation of our country’s laws, why would they be allowed to enjoy the same rights as Americans by birth or naturalization? Don’t the illegal aliens, of which there are many in California, have a responsibility as well?

Asked and sort of answered. CNN’s Political Ticker expands on her remarks (emphasis added):

“We have to continue to be a place where people who want be a part of that dream can come and be welcomed within our laws, but also within our values.”

One important American value goes directly to the heart of the illegal immigration issue: respect for the rule of law. Until “we the people” decide to scrap immigration laws, they’re still on the books and should be enforced. Illegal aliens in California account for close to a quarter of all the nation’s estimated 11 million.

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