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  1. zuzu
    zuzu April 13, 2006 at 10:23 am | *

    I am so embarrassed that this woman went to my law school.

    And clearly, Ann has never taken a good look at immigration laws in the US or seen an application for permanent residence, or she could never maintain that the laws favor unskilled workers.

    They don’t. If they did, we wouldn’t have so many unskilled illegal aliens, now would we?

  2. puellasolis
    puellasolis April 13, 2006 at 11:15 am |

    What bugs me about some of what Coulter says is that she makes it into an either-or issue: either you hole yourself up in your traditional language and culture and staunchly refuse to learn anything about American history, language, etc; or you forego your heritage entirely.

    Isn’t it possible to be conscious of (and active in) one’s ancestors’ culture and still learn English and American history?

  3. Molly
    Molly April 13, 2006 at 11:41 am |

    Ann Coulter is an idiot. Please don’t waste any more valuable space on this great site talking about such a useless human being (term used VERY loosely). Thanks!

  4. Marksman2000
    Marksman2000 April 13, 2006 at 12:30 pm |

    America’s immigration laws (and the department that enforces those laws) are pathetic. Wasn’t it six months after 9/11 that they renewed the visas of two of the hijackers? If that doesn’t indicate that there’s a problem…

    Yeah, I’ve given up. Idiots control our government and there is nothing I can do about it. Just open the floodgates and let anyone inside our borders who shows up on our doorstep. 40% of Mexicans said they would move to the U.S. if they could. Hell, send some buses down there to go get ‘em! We can’t stop it, so why try? No sense in passing pointless laws that can’t be (and won’t be) enforced.

  5. Rex Little
    Rex Little April 13, 2006 at 1:01 pm |

    Immigrants and brown people in this country have a right to be wary about these things, considering that their families have historically been ripped apart, their children taken away, and their rights to reproduce stripped from them.

    Other than slaves, what immigrants have been subjected to these things? (I’m not asking this rhetorically; there may well be examples of which I’m ignorant.) Japanese during WW2? I’ve always been under the impression that families were interred intact, and I wasn’t aware of any interference with their right to reproduce.

  6. zuzu
    zuzu April 13, 2006 at 1:07 pm | *

    Uh, when your parents get deported, it kind of rips up the family.

  7. Gabriel Malor
    Gabriel Malor April 13, 2006 at 1:13 pm |

    See, this is a really cute misrepresentation. First, it wasn’t Kennedy’s bill, although he strongly supported it…But that, apparently, is how Ann likes it.

    Jill that’s a little misleading, too. From Tuesday’s WSJ:

    I watched the Senate debate the immigration issue the last two weeks with a certain sense of déjà vu, for I can remember sitting in the Senate Gallery more than 40 years ago and watching Sen. Edward Kennedy floor manage what became the immigration act of 1965. It was the first major piece of legislation Sen. Kennedy managed, and he did a good job, though the debate was little noticed, coming after the rush of Great Society legislation enacted under the stern direction of President Lyndon Johnson.

    What’s interesting when I look back at the debate is that almost no one anticipated what would happen as a result of the act — the vast flow of immigrants, most of them legal but many illegal, from Latin America and Asia. “Our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually,” Sen. Kennedy assured the Senate. “Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same.” His brother Robert, when attorney general, predicted in 1964 that abolishing the restrictions on Asian immigration would result in a net increase of “approximately 5,000″ and as a senator in 1965 said that “the net increase attributable to this bill would be at most 50,000 a year.”

  8. Gabriel Malor
    Gabriel Malor April 13, 2006 at 1:15 pm |

    Oh, that’s Michael Barone, by the way, in his column.

  9. zuzu
    zuzu April 13, 2006 at 1:18 pm | *

    floor management =/= sponsorship.

  10. Gabriel Malor
    Gabriel Malor April 13, 2006 at 2:30 pm |

    zuzu, Coulter (who I am not a fan of, BTW) did not say Kennedy sponsored the bill.

  11. zuzu
    zuzu April 13, 2006 at 2:46 pm | *

    I’m not sure how else you can interpret her statements that it was “Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law” or “Kennedy’s bill.”

    America has a seller’s market in immigration, but thanks to Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law, we no longer favor skilled workers from developed nations, but instead favor unskilled immigrants from the Third World. Kennedy’s bill promptly cut the number of European immigrants in half and increased Third World immigrants to 85 percent of the total.

  12. Erika
    Erika April 14, 2006 at 12:47 am |

    Not that I’m trying to defend Ann “David Duke” Coulter, but there are some immigrants who don’t make much of an effort to learn English. They settle down in an insular community (Mexican, Puerto Rican, Korean, Chinese, whatever) where they wind up being able to live and work without having to speak English. My landlord back in Jersey City was Dominican and had lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. He spoke English fluently. His wife, on the other hand, spoke virtually no English.

    Even if new immigrants don’t learn to speak English, their children certainly will. Who cares if we have to “put up” with dual language signs or automated phone messages? The fact is that our country is filling with millions of brown people. This freaks the racist wingnuts out. What else can you expect of people who can’t even tolerate the minorities who are already here?

  13. Freeman
    Freeman April 14, 2006 at 6:32 am |

    Sure, Coulter may like to rant about the evil brown people taking white American jobs, but do we hear her complaining about resident aliens enlisting in the military?

    I’ve known quite a few, and many of them were the finest soldiers–of either gender–that I’ve ever met. The military’s respect for the American melting pot is one of the few reasons I can still call myself a serviceman with pride.

    Ann doesn’t really care about immigrants dying in spurious, illegal wars for the citizenship privileges she takes for granted. All she cares about is book sales. Someone should stage an immigration rally at the site of her next Barnes & Noble signing.

  14. Liz
    Liz April 14, 2006 at 12:22 pm |

    Great post!

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