Alex Massie

Bring me your huddled, undocumented masses...

Text settings
Comments

On the other hand, via K-Lo at the Corner, Giuliani did have some redeeming features:

America is an immigrant nation with a long and proud tradition of inclusion and diversity. This tradition has helped our country to grow into the world's leading economic power. Forward-looking and enlightened Americans joined together to stop the "Know-Nothings" of the mid-nineteenth century. This allowed for an incredible expansion in the twentieth century. Now, we must do the same and stand up to today's isolationist movement to ensure that America's next century is as prosperous as the last.

And:

"Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens," Giuliani said in 1994. "If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you're one of the people who we want in this city."

So here's the quandary for iron-spined conservatives: can you deal with Rudy selling out at home (all those Mexicans!) if he promises to kiss-ass everywhere else (all those enemies!)? Verily, this is the sort of dilemma that fried brains when Mexico played Iran in the World Cup last year...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

Comments
Topics in this articleInternational