Jerry Kilgore's dangerous stance on immigrants.
Jerry Kilgore has been using the immigration issue in Virginia to gain ground. He's complained about how Virginians have to listen to people speaking something other than English in the Old Dominion, and he's claiming that these immigrants are using up valuable services that we native-born deserve. This is what political scientists refer to as "hogwash." It sure ain't Virginia ham, anyway.
I guess I should say that Kilgore's railing against illegal immigrants and not all immigrants. However, it's not hard to be against something illegal, and when your campaign doesn't have a heck of a lot to run on, how much substance do you need?
Indeed, as much as I favor immigration myself, I'm against illegal immigration, and solving a problem like this requires more than a smiling reactionary shouting, "Send 'em back!" But one of the most dangerous planks in Jerry Kilgore's platform is his desire to deny the children of illegal immigrants access to state colleges. This is dangerously short-sighted. To hear Kilgore say it, you'd think poor people in Guatemala and Ecuador are saying to themselves, "I'm going to move to America so that twenty years after my kids are born, they can go to college on the state dime." While I don't have the ability to read every immigrant's thoughts on the matter, I strongly suspect that they're coming here to find work in construction or service jobs that pay better than what an unskilled laborer can find in Guatemala or Ecuador but that Americans don't want because they don't pay enough. Then these immigrants come to America and have their children and raise them—and then, years later, their children, who are now Americans and Virginians, can't better themselves? Come on! These children don't have connections back in their parents' countries, and if they were to be shipped "back," they would be in worse shape than their parents were when they left those countries. Further, these children, if born here, are legal citizens, and they're going to stay, like it or not. Does Jerry Kilgore really think it's wise to pass legislation that would effectively encourage an underclass of undereducated, disenfranchised, legal citizens?
I don't think Jerry Kilgore is thinking this through. But if he is, then he's a colder, more calloused man than I previously thought. Virginia would do very well not to elect this suit who is so cavalier toward the lives and welfare of others. If there really is such a thing as "compassionate conservatism," Kilgore is not it.
Vote for Tim Kaine, Virginians—as if I really needed to say it.