Apr. 16, 2003
The National Republican Congressional Committee has just mailed a
survey to a select list of grassroots Republicans soliciting their
opinions on "issues of greatest concern" so that the Party can be
strengthened "by getting more Americans involved." Of course, it's
really a fundraiser (send your "most generous contribution"), but it's
artfully designed to look like authentic market research using buzz
words such as "registered survey number" (identifying me and my
district), "classified document," and "data entry control number for
office use only."
Whoever made up the survey must have the cloistered worldview of
Inside-the-Beltway policy wonks whose sensitivity to public opinion is
bounded by the Washington Post in the morning and Dan Rather in the
evening. They are clueless about what grassroots Americans are
Out of 54 detailed questions sorted into 13 different issues,
there is only one question about border security and immigration, and
that appears at the bottom of the page under Foreign Affairs. There is
a section on Homeland Security, but it contains no mention of border
security or immigration.
I'm going to help the Republican Congressional Committee by
providing a list of additional questions whose answers would be helpful
to Party leaders.
- Do you favor President Bush's plan to give amnesty to illegal
aliens, putting people who violate our laws in line ahead of those who
lawfully apply for entry?
- Do you favor repealing Ted Kennedy's Diversity Visa Lottery,
which admits 50,000 aliens per year, mostly from non-Western countries
including countries that sponsor terrorism?
- Should the State Department stop issuing visas in foreign
countries that sponsor terrorism?
- Do you favor closing our borders to illegal aliens, illegal
drugs and contagious diseases by whatever means necessary, including
electronic fences and National Guard troops?
- Do you favor requiring visual inspection of the contents of at
least 50 percent of trucks coming across our border (instead of the
current one to two percent)?
- Do you favor prohibiting the State Department from negotiating
a plan with Mexico to give Social Security benefits to illegal aliens?
- Do you favor repealing the federal requirement that hospitals
must give free medical care, including scarce organ transplants, to
illegal aliens (an unfunded mandate that is bankrupting many hospitals
and increasing the price of medical care to Americans)?
- Do you favor cutting off federal funding to state universities
that give lower in-state tuition to illegal aliens (in violation of
current federal law), or that refuse to cooperate with the foreign
student tracking system?
- Will you vote to revoke the citizenship of naturalized citizens
who betray their oath of U.S. citizenship by claiming "dual
citizenship" with their native country?
- Do you favor stopping the issuance of driver's licenses to
illegal aliens (since many of the 9/11 hijackers boarded the fatal
planes by showing their driver's licenses)?
- Do you favor penalties on local public officials who refuse to
cooperate with immigration officials in identifying illegal aliens?
- Do you favor prohibiting government agencies from accepting
foreign-issued cards (matricula consular) as acceptable I.D.s?
- Do you favor strict health screening of foreigners entering
the U.S. in order to stop the extraordinary rise in cases of
tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B, intestinal parasites, Chagas, West
Nile virus, END (which now threatens the California poultry business),
- Do you favor stopping the racket of smuggling very-pregnant
aliens into the United States so they can give birth to their babies in
the U.S. (thereby becoming immediately eligible for citizenship and
- Do you favor a time-out on immigration and visas until
Homeland Security has a functioning computer system to track all aliens
(not U.S. citizens) through smart I.D. cards?
- Do you favor rescinding Bill Clinton's Executive Order 13166
requiring anyone who receives federal funds (such as doctors and
hospitals) to provide their services in foreign languages?
- Do you favor abolishing federal requirements to provide
foreign-language ballots, since the ability to speak, read and write
basic English is a requirement to become a naturalized U.S. citizen and
only citizens are eligible to vote?
- Do you favor a general policy of drawing a bright line of
difference between U.S. citizens and aliens so that law-abiding
American citizens are not treated like potential terrorists or
- Do you favor a Party policy of rejecting political
contributions from individuals and corporations that hire illegal
Is the reason why questions about border security and immigration
were omitted from the Republican survey that our leaders don't want to
know the answers?
Phyllis Schlafly column 4-16-03