Voice of the People
Immigration bill should be scrapped
The "gang of eight's" Immigration Reform Bill is "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" (Winston Churchill, 1939). Is it amnesty or legalization? What's the difference? Does it secure the border against further illegal immigration? Before or after legalization?
We are told that fines levied against illegals must be collected in order to pay the cost of securing the border, which suggests that border security will be dead last, if at all. Is enforcement of or obedience to or respect for law mentioned anywhere in the bill? How many illegal immigrants are in the country? No one knows? Estimates are between 11 million and 13 million, and we are told that they cannot be identified, located or counted without passage of this bill. If that is so, they are untouchable. Yet the bill presumes that the prospect of legalization and a path to citizenship will entice them to come out of the shadows, identify themselves as lawbreakers, pay a fine and go to the end of the citizenship line. Then and only then, may it be known how many persons may thus be rewarded for their illegal behavior?
But what assurance is there that persons now here illegally will come forth and be identified? Experience confirms that they may remain here indefinitely without fear of deportation. The identification process is supposed to take place over a period of 10 years, so, with the border still unsecured, while we are yet counting, the number of illegals could swell to 15 million or 20 million. Has anyone actually read this bill? Or is it another Nancy Pelosi "pig-in-a-poke" that must be passed before we may know what is in it?
Best to scrap it, secure the border, then deal with the illegal population.
Lawrence L. Pauley
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