Yogi Berra said it and he likely wasn’t thinking about illegal immigration when he said it. But if nothing else hits the bull's-eye concerning the history of illegal immigration in the political realm, that quote certainly does.
Here are some other quotes to ponder:
“We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” (Bill Clinton, Remarks At State of The Union, Washington, D.C., 1/24/95)
“First, illegal immigration is wrong and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” (Sen. Chuck Schumer, speech at the Immigration Law & Policy Conference at Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C., 06/24/09)
“The bipartisan task force of seven has been hard at work on legislation that echoes the spirit of the Senate bill and upholds our basic principles: to secure our borders, protect our workers, unite families, and offer an earned pathway to citizenship.” (Press release, “Pelosi: Senate action moves us one step closer to comprehensive immigration reform,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi , 6/27/13)
In 2006, Sen. Obama said: “Better fences and better security along our borders” would "help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country."
“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” (Hillary) Clinton said at a November 2015 town hall in New Hampshire.
In the last several years, a shift has taken place at the southern U.S. border with Mexico - entire families are crossing the border and turning themselves into U.S. Border Patrol agents; some or nearly all of them are requesting asylum. The majority of them are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
The Border Patrol has historically been focused on catching and rapidly deporting people who cross the border illegally. The influx of entire families has obviously strained the agents and facilities.
Think about what it would be like if three families with a total of 10 adults and children showed up on the doorstep of your 1,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home expecting to be fed and taken care of until some undefined point in the future.
How would that work out? Would it be crowded? Would conditions become unsanitary? Would proper healthcare be immediately available? Would things get tense?
Now take that situation to an exponential level at the southern border and tell me you think everything will be totally satisfactory.
And now that it isn’t, it’s all Trump’s fault. Strange that he is the only president over the past 20 years who is actually trying to fix the problems that other presidents and our Congress have pontificated about for even longer.
The hubris of the critics railing over the current immigration crisis and efforts to fix the problems is astounding - and saddening.
Could it be that government cannot be the answer to all our problems?
That’s the way I see it.