The Amnesty Trade-Off

18 05 2007

Filed under: Immigration, Amnesty, Politics, J. Wellington Wimpy

The immigration reform that we were hoping would not come, did. It’s amnesty. Did we really think we could avoid it?

A bipartisan group of senators reached agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul to grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border against new ones…

It set the stage for what promises to be a bruising battle next week in the Senate on one of Bush’s top non-war priorities.

The group of lawmakers had been haggling over the terms of agreement for weeks were reviewing language negotiated Wednesday night in efforts to nail down a deal. Among the final sticking points was a stubborn dispute over how much family ties count toward green cards under a new “point system.” The plan prioritizes advanced skills and education levels for future immigrants.

Michelle Malkin is absolutely livid about the Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill and appropriately titles it the “J. Wellington Wimpy Plan:”


“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Amnesty is the hamburger. Enforcement is the payment that will never come. I’ve reported this reality over and over and over and over and over again. All the leaked memos and graphs and analysis in the world, however, cannot sum up the deportation/enforcement/border security sham–and the mess at DHS–more clearly than the reality expressed by an illegal alien quoted by the Associated Press today:

“If I get deported and need to cross the border again, that’s not a problem,” he said.

It was true in 1986. It’s as true as ever in 2007. Wimpy will get his amnesty burgers and the Beltway fools who keep deluding themselves about the false promise of immigration enforcement will be left empty-handed. Again.

Hot Air has plenty of reactions:

Illegal aliens don’t like the bill either, a claim which will doubtless be trumpeted by proponents to “prove” that it’s a fair compromise. Actually, what it proves is that even the amnesty side of it is crap that won’t achieve what it means to.

Captain Ed addresses a variety of objections to the bill. But this quote provides correct context for the radical “deport ’em all” view:

Now, let’s say we can summon up the vast resources it would take to send 10,000 people a month through that long, laborious process. (In comparison, we have 16,000 murders a year, and it sometimes takes years to resolve the cases.) It would still take 100 years to deport all 12 million illegals in that manner — while clogging our courts, eating up our law-enforcement resources, and disrupting American commerce and politics for a century, all while we’re fighting a war with radical Islamist terrorists.

Any takers? It’s just not going to happen.

Captain Ed also is clear why he offers his support for the plan:

My support is based on firm triggers based on border security and employment verification — in other words, that the compromise exists as described by the Republican Senators who helped craft it, especially Jon Kyl, who has been a very loyal Republican.

It’s not great, and it’s not even very good. It’s not bad, though, and given our lack of strength in Congress and the White House on this issue, it’s a good deal that will strengthen our national security now rather than wait another two years to address it. To quote the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.

Wizbang is ready to take over Mexico.

I don’t care if we annex them, invade and conquer them, buy them outright, or just make ’em an offer they can’t refuse. Making Mexico part of the United States will solve a lot of problems.

And goes on to list five reasons why.

The Irate Nation trackbacked with: The Amnesty Trade-Off




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