- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ralph Z. Hallow describes an effort by conservatives in the Republican Party to guarantee that only Reagan Republicans get funding from the Republican National Committee (“Conservatives seek Reagan litmus test for RNC funding,” Page 1, Tuesday). Surprisingly, Ronald Reagan himself would fail the immigration portion of this litmus test.

Reagan once said on the radio that he often wondered about “the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion, or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people won’t do? One thing is certain in this hungry world: No regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters.”

The anti-immigration crowd is entitled to its own opinion, no matter how uninformed. What it cannot do is invoke the legacy or statements of the former president to support its contentions.


Policy analyst

Competitive Enterprise Institute


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