My how the worm turns. Two years ago, American Liberals, long chagrined by Gallic contempt for American presidents, exulted in electing someone who they believed that the French would admire. Nothing makes the New York Times set happier than Parisian approval. Scroll two years ahead and, Sacre Bleu, the French, who tired of Obama's fiddling while Gadhafi's minions slaughter everyone they can, lead Europe and America into exactly the sort of international activism that our President despises. I'm just guessing but I don't think the French hold Obama in such high regard.
I don't believe that the fundamental problem with immigration is that folks are sneaking across our porous borders simply to milk our lavish welfare. It's our lavish welfare in the first place. Long before we paid people not to work, or mothers to have kids out of wedlock, the wretched refuse teemed at our borders to escape poverty or penury back home. Back then it wasn't the nanny state that attracted those with "get up and go" to get up and come, it was the opportunity to make a new life. And I believe that's as true today. Of course, as the nanny state gradually squelches our entrepreneurial spirit in order to make the electorate beholden to Nanny, and in the process kills opportunities, new arrivals may have little choice but to sign up for the dole.