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Don't Blame Me for Your Immigration Inferences

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RUSH: This is Greg in Louisville. It's great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.

RUSH:  Hi.

CALLER:  I think the purpose of this article today was mainly to drive a wedge between elements of the Republican Party, to get you mad at them and them mad at you, maybe.  So I think that was one of the big driving motives behind it.  I do think that talk radio and you specifically are mistaken about immigration.  I think the Senate bill is a bad bill, but I think we need to --

RUSH:  Wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold it.  You think I'm mistaken about immigration?

CALLER:  Yes.  I think talk radio has been -- and you specifically, but talk radio in general has been -- very hostile to immigration, and I think that's a mistake.  I think immigration is good for the country.

RUSH:  How...? Give me an example where you've heard me be "hostile to immigration."

CALLER:  Well, talking about amnesty, the 2007 reform was pretty much stopped by talk radio. I think we could probably agree on that.

RUSH:  Yeah, but that wasn't opposition to "immigration."

CALLER:  Well, I think the -- the -- the -- the -- the --

RUSH:  I have never once said a word against immigration.  I'm all for immigration. 

CALLER: I think it bleeds over into... People characterize we're just --

RUSH:  No, see? I'm being blamed for your inferences.

CALLER: Well --

RUSH: It's really not fair.  You are associating an attitude with me that I don't have, and I have never expressed.  I simply think --

CALLER:  You favor immigration? You favor more immigration, more tech people coming in? Steve Jobs father was an immigrant, natural... His natural father was an immigrant. Half the Silicon Valley companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. Immigration is a good thing for the country, so I -- I -- I get the impression that you're against that, but if you're not (mumbling), then maybe not.  But that's the impression I get from most of talk radio.

RUSH:  Hold it.  You think I'm against B-1B visa immigration?  I'm all for it!  I think we need to open up and let all kinds of more skilled people in, particularly the ones we're educating.

CALLER:  Good.  Okay, well, that's --

RUSH:  I'm simply opposed to the law of this country being violated! That's all.  Now, you're right. This story is about immigration, but I don't hate these people!  I think they do hate me.  I don't hate anybody.  I don't dislike anybody.  But, I tell you what: I'm not opposed to immigration at all.  You are being really unfair.  You are inferring something I've never said.  You're going along with the crowd.

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RUSH: We have the most immigration in the world in this country.  Why isn't that enough?  I'm all for legal immigration.  I've never said a word against legal immigration.  Quite telling, isn't it, that when you simply oppose illegal immigration, you become all these horrible, rotten things: Racist, bigot, all of this.  Our immigration system isn't even "broken."  We have plenty of fine immigration law already on the books.  It just isn't being enforced, and it isn't being enforced because Washington doesn't like this law. 

This law doesn't let in enough of the kind of people the Democrats want -- and, increasingly, a number of Republicans want.  Canada? Canada has an immigration policy you might want to emulate.  They want more skilled and educated immigrants.  In fact, that's all they take.  But, see, since nobody's watching them and they're not a superpower, nobody really cares.  So they are allowed to act in their best interests. 

The United States, as a superpower, in order to be "fair," must engage in behavior that's not good for it.  That's how the United States demonstrates that it's fair, and that's how the United States demonstrates that it's nice, and understanding. That's when the United States does things not in its best interests.  But when the United States of America does things in its best interests, it is hated.  I'm sorry, that just ticks me off.  It's illogical, and, furthermore, it's psychological.  

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