The immigration debate is coming to the boil in the US as well. Here's Ann Coulter:
This is the only country on Earth that thinks it's not sporting to consider our own interests in choosing immigrants. Try showing up in any other country on the planet, illiterate and penniless, and announcing: "I've seen pictures of your country and it looks great. I think I'd like to live here! Oh, and by the way, would you mind changing all your government and business phone messages, street signs and ballots into my native language? Thanks!" They would laugh you out of the country.Well, I can think of at least one other. Hell, round here you get to play the asylum version of the Generation Game ('free house, free car, free cuddly toy...'). If the worst comes to the worst and you meet the one immigration tribunal in the country that won't believe that you're being persecuted by the fascist government back home in your native Sweden, well, once you've exhausted your 72 Legal Aid funded appeals, you can always stay on as an illegal. After all, as Mark Steyn reminds us, it's not all bad news:
Here's my immigration "compromise": We need to regularize the situation of the 298 million non-undocumented residents of the United States. Right now, we get a lousy deal compared with the 15 million fine upstanding members of the Undocumented American community. I think the 298 million of us in the overdocumented segment of the population should get the chance to be undocumented. You know when President Bush talks about all those undocumented people "living in the shadows"? Doesn't that sound kinda nice? Living in the shadows, no government agencies harassing you for taxes and numbers and paperwork.