Right-wing commentator and author Pat Buchanan is raising the specter of a Democratic administration and Congress opening the southern border and granting “swift amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens.”
In a new column, Buchanan warns of the policy agenda that the Democrats will implement in “Obama’s First 100 Days.” Author of the anti-immigration book State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, Buchanan predicts that “triumvirate of Obama-Pelosi-Reid” will, among other things, do the following:
* “Swift amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens and a drive to make them citizens and register them, as in the Bill Clinton years. This will mean that Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona will soon move out of reach for GOP presidential candidates, as has California."
* “Border security will go on the backburner, and America will have a virtual open border with a Mexico of 110 million.”
* “Universal health insurance will be enacted, covering legal and illegal immigrants, providing another powerful magnet for the world to come to America, if necessary by breaching her borders.”
Six days before the election, Buchanan’s fear-mongering offers a sign of the type of right-wing attack the Democrats will face if they show any sign of backing away from the immigrant crackdown that the Bush administration has unleashed over the past few years. "Welcome to Obamaland," writes Buchanan.
(Fact check: The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States is falling, down from 12.1 million in 2007 to 11.6 million 2008, according to Pew Hispanic Center. Pelosi said last week: "Maybe there never is a path to citizenship if you came here illegally," Pelosi said. "I would hope that there could be, but maybe there isn't." Senator Obama voted for the 700-milie border fence as part of the Secure Border Initiative.)