Sunday, May 20, 2007

Immigration Sellout

About the Senate's new Immigration Bill. I have agree with this comment on FR: "This has got to be one of the biggest political sellouts in the history of this country..." We saw the preview in May of 2006 with the Worst Immigration Bill Ever, aka CIRA. Why are people surprised?

Rotten deal says Rich Lowry. Apparently, the Senators took the worst parts of the worst bill ever, and figured out how to make it even worse. Of 22 problems with the bill, one just happens to be - it will be impossible to enforce any immigration law - period:

"What about illegal alien protection? The alien and their families who file applications for amnesty "shall not be detained, determined inadmissible, deported, or removed until their applications are finally adjudicated, unless they commit a future act that renders them ineligible with amnesty." With tens of millions of applications, this amnesty, this provision essentially guarantees an illegal alien years of protection in the United States, even if they do not qualify for the amnesty." -- Jeff Sessions

A provision says the following:
...90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act... [they will fund this study:]...The projected impact of legal and illegal immigration on the size of the population of the United States over the next 50 years, which regions of the country are likely to experience the largest increases, which small towns and rural counties are likely to lose their character as a result of such growth, and how the proposed regulations would affect these projections.
This begs the obivous question: Why rush into this bill and then make such a study? Why not take a deep breath, study the question for 90 days, figure out what 12-20 million amnestied illegal immigrants and a possible doubling of legal immigration for the next 2 decades might do. Why not study it before we set the wheels in motion that may make 450 million people in America an unstoppable train.

They don't build the fence, they study it:

an assessment of the necessity of constructing such a system after the implementation of provisions of this Act relating to guest workers, visa reform, and interior and worksite enforcement, and the LIKELY EFFECT of such provisions on undocumented immigration and the flow of illegal immigrants across the international border of the United States;

On the other hand, billions in unfunded mandates, huge new costs and regulations on Americans will be foisted in this bill with not even a congressional hearing to study it:
It provides more employment protections for non immigrants than American workers who live in “at-will” employment states. Z holders can only be fired for cause, get free arbitration services, allowed to have Legal Aid provide services. on and on and on.
If Republicans are SMART, they wouldn't fall for another Kennedy-written bill, they could instead use this issue to re-unite around basic common-sense principles of real border security and real enforcement of laws, turn back the Democrat tide and foil the leftist takeover. It's not too hard, actually, since the Democrats are way out on a pander-to-the-extreme-pro-illegals-limb, with LaRaza and the rest: The GOP needs to demand enough border security, enforcement, allow for reasonable level's of employment-based immigration, and say no to amnesty, and hold the line.

The Democrats would be left with writing the most obnoxious LaRaza-wish-list bill they can find, jamming it through by forcing their own blue dogs to swallow it, or doing nothing. (And "do-nothing" Congress makes a nice line in 08.) The American people are *not* with giving every single illegal alien who happened to make it here prior to January a free ride here permanently.

If the Repubs were smart ... Big if. I heard that John McCain said "F--- You" to Senator John Cornyn, apparently because Cornyn is not fully on this train that is about to head off a cliff.
The Base is in revolt, the Republicans in the Senate are caving, and President Bush is right there on the bus with Kennedy and Reid driving, ready to sign whatever bad bill the Democrats in Congress send his way. The Comprehensive Destroy the Republican Party Act of 2007 - as Rush calls it - is about to be passed with the help of lemmings and RINOs in the Senate and President Bush, cheerleader-in-chief for this travesty. What am I thinking. The Republicans are toast.

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