What You Didn’t Know About the Immigration Bill

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Branco cartoon via legal alliance

The immigration bill is one bill that begs for strong leadership.

Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal recently. He asked simply, “What’s to stop President Obama from refusing to enforce the Senate bill’s border-security promises?” The answer of course is nothing.

Cotton says the House will reject any proposal that gives “legalization first, enforcement later…maybe.”

The Senate bill has the same design flaw as the 1986 law which Reagan said was his biggest mistake as president. [The illegals he legalized without border enforcement have completely changed California.]

The Senate immigration bill conflates legalization and citizenship, and legalization comes with “trivial preconditions” within six months,

The legalization comes with a $7 a month fine which can be waived. Illegals have to pay taxes only if a lien is filed but they’re here illegally and they are anonymous so who is going to place the lien? They have to pass a criminal background check with the exception that they can commit two misdemeanors, plead down felonies and there is no limit to how many times they have been arrested. They can commit a dozen misdemeanors in one day and all will be considered as one misdemeanor. Everyone has a bad day!

We are not requiring illegals to follow the laws we require of our citizens and legal residents.

How does this not encourage illegal immigration I ask you?

The Senate bill’s enforcement measures are an illusion.

Take the fence for instance. The Senate bill only restates the long-ignored requirement to build 700 miles of fencing (the border is just shy of 2,000 miles), but we are to believe they really mean it this time. The bill doesn’t even say where they will put this fence and we know the lawyers have their pens sharpened for the lawsuits they will file to oppose the fence. Plus the DHS Secretary can decline the fence in specific locations if she deems it inappropriate (p.36).

The bill proposes border agents only be hired between 2017 and up to 2021. This could be canceled at any time. The bill offers sensor technologies. Neither substitutes for a fence.

Fences do work. They have been used in Afghanistan, Israel, San Diego with great success.

Well, how about the Senate bill’s visa-tracking system then? There is little chance ti will go anywhere. It delays implementation for SIX YEARS! It increases MILLIONS of visas available for low-skill immigrants. Is that what we need? This will lead to more illegal immigration via visa overstays, which will in turn depress wages and eliminate jobs for young and lower-skill Americans.

The bill delays the employment-verification system for five years and there are no mandatory effectiveness levels. Employers don’t want it so don’t count on this happening after five years of lobbying.

In five or six years, both of the aforementioned requirements will be forgotten or ignored.

While the CBO acknowledges that the bill will only reduce illegal immigration by one-third to one-half, it omits the chain migration which allows for another 30 – 40 million or more illegals, many of whom will be dependent spouses and children of low-skill immigrants.

Any future Congress can defund any of these enforcement measures and if we look to 1986, they most definitely will do exactly that. If not, why wouldn’t Obama stop these laws as he has been doing? Remember the DREAMers and the felons Napolitano released?

If enforcement fails, the legalized persons will allegedly not continue on the path to citizenship – there are the much-touted “triggers” in place. Since they won’t be deported and our history is to let them stay, what do you think will really happen? As Mr. Cotton wrote, “If past is prologue, we know the answer.”

Boehner has said that any bill coming out of the House will put enforcement first. The House is reviewing bills to make this happen. As examples of this, Mr. Cotton refers to the Legal Workforce Act which expedites the employment-verification system, and the SAFE Act which empowers local and state law-enforcement to enforce immigration laws. [It’s a sad state of affairs that they can’t now do that.]

Mr. Cotton believes they must be sent to the full Senate, not a committee in the Senate that can “reconcile” the bill. [They have already shown us what they can do with that in Obamacare.]

Currently, the Senate is insisting on legalization first before enforcement. Now, why would they want that?

Mr. Cotton assures us that the House will not approve an immigration bill that legalizes first.

Boehner, however, has chosen to lead from behind. He won’t say what parts of immigration reform he does or does not agree with because he will be hammered by both sides if he does.

“It’s not about me,” he told Bob Schieffer on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday last. “It’s not about what I want. What I committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill.”

Boehner said he will deal with immigration reform in “chunks” and that he wants tighter border security. He is now a “facilitator” according to him.

He will “facilitate” the process at a time when the Republican Party needs strong leadership under an onslaught of lawless Progressive takeovers.

He is in a precarious position, however, because the Republican Party is under constant siege as being hateful towards immigrants though the reality is they want to slow or stop illegal immigration because we are a sovereign nation and because many coming here illegally are dangerous to the public safety.

Boehner said, “If I come out and say, ‘I’m for this and I’m for that,’ all I’m doing is making my job harder.” That is not very different from Mr. Obama’s approach. They both seem to think it best to circumvent the people and keep their ideas hidden until it is too late for the people to grasp and react.

Hopefully, Mr. Cotton is correct. We can’t be sure because Mr. Boehner won’t say where he stands on immigration since it will make his “job harder.”

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