Immigration

Blind-Faith Amnesty

The U.S. Senate is pursuing another mass amnesty for illegal aliens – much like the one 20 years ago, which turned into a horrible disaster.
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Why would lawmakers rush toward something the American people strongly reject?  Is there really no alternative to mass legalization?

President Bush has repeated the mantra that we can’t deport all 12 to 20 million illegal aliens.  His leap in logic is that, therefore, we have to legalize them all.

Well, if the same government can’t enforce the law on that scale, what makes you think the government can possibly process that many people in a complex, unproven, loophole-ridden amnesty plan that bears Ted Kennedy’s fingerprints?  It clearly can’t – and the attempt will mean massive fraud and abuse.

The least popular president since stagflation-bound Carter is putting a lot of misplaced confidence in the Homeland Security Department.  This is the stupidest display of hoping against hope since Pharaoh ordered more brick production while stopping supply of the raw material.

Besides being a magnet for more illegal immigration and a huge invitation for fraud and abuse, amnesty should be avoided at all costs.  It’s a slap in the face to all immigrants who followed the law.  We should try something different before retracing the 1986 mistake.

Despite denials that the White House-Ted Kennedy “compromise” legislation isn’t amnesty, by any common-sense definition, it most certainly is amnesty. 

The “fine” is insultingly low.  The reward is chain migration and permanent residency.  The “punishment” is keeping the stolen U.S. job.

What is a good definition of amnesty?  Pardoning lawbreakers for their offense and rewarding them with the object of their intention.

Does the Senate proposal constitute amnesty?  The answer has little to do with the diversionary “path to citizenship” that politicians get so worked up about.

Certainly, immigration lawbreakers shouldn’t be able to gain U.S. citizenship.  That privilege should be the first thing they are denied from ever obtaining. 

If you let an illegal alien remain in this country, that is amnesty.  If you let an illegal alien keep the American job he came here to steal, that is amnesty.  If you make an illegal alien eligible for government programs and benefits, that is amnesty.  If you let an illegal alien engage in his own “chain migration,” that is amnesty.

If we did grant any limited legalization, then legalized aliens should never be able to obtain any benefit that immigrants who abide by the law receive, including a green card, the right to sponsor any family members for visas or any exclusively American entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.  Yet Washington politicians are headed toward just that kind of lavish reward with the objects of the illegal aliens’ intentions.

How can you deal, then, with an illegal alien population that’s four times the size it was in 1986?  The only realistic solution is Attrition Through Enforcement.  Otherwise, you’ll overwhelm taxpayers, government agencies and American communities.

What is Attrition Through Enforcement?  Steadily, systematically enforce the immigration laws on the books.  Secure the border.  Make America an illegal alien-free workplace.  Cooperate with state and local law enforcement when they encounter illegal and criminal aliens in their routine duties. 

Make electronic employment verification mandatory.  March employers of illegal aliens on a high-profile perp walk.  Go after multiple usage of a Social Security number.  Make US VISIT mandatory for all foreign travelers, including Mexico and Canada, at land borders as well as airports, and for exit as well as entry.

If you make it more likely that illegal aliens can’t continue getting away with their offenses, they will find fewer employers willing to face prison for hiring them.  With less opportunity, greater accountability, higher risk and less reward, fewer and fewer illegal aliens will come here.  More and more illegal aliens will leave on their own (that is, self-deport, on their own dime).

What matters is reversing the trend.  It took decades to get into the immigration problem of this magnitude.  It’s OK if it takes a decade or so to finally solve it.  But we have to reverse the trends starting now.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that Attrition Through Enforcement will cut the illegal population by 1.5 million a year for only about $400 million a year more. 

That’s a real bargain, especially compared with the cost of subsidizing the vast unskilled illegal aliens (The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector has found that half of illegal household heads dropped out of high school and cost American taxpayers some $20,000 per year.)  Attrition Through Enforcement would cut illegal residency in half for $2 billion over five years.

Americans who care about the future of this nation should watch Washington closely these next few weeks.  The White House and Senate are intent on giving away the store on immigration.  These politicians are about to make a bad problem much, much worse. 

Another amnesty will break the back of this great nation and sell our children’s birthright for a bowl of porridge.

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