Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 28 Jan 2013 09:29 pm
UPDATES JANUARY 30!
“A Pointless Amnesty” (NRO Editors) “Rather than getting their heads handed to them in yet another grand bargain, Republicans should push for piecemeal reform through focused, narrow legislation.”
“Bipartisan group of House members are crafting their own immigration plan” reports AP via Washington Post. “‘The immigration issue, it’s time to deal with it. I said it the day after the election, I meant it. We’re going to have to deal with it,’ House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said last week while answering audience questions after a speech at the Ripon Society, a Republican public policy organization in Washington. Boehner went on to mention the bipartisan working group, which until then was little known, adding he hadn’t seen details. ‘My theory was if these folks could work this out, it would be a big step in the right direction, so I would think you’re likely to hear a lot more on immigration reform on the House side soon,’ he said.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
UPDATES JANUARY 29!
Andrew McCarthy deconstructs (Ordered Liberty) “Senator Rubio’s Immigration Enforcement Fantasy.” McCarthy explains “[t]he Republicans pushing the deal tout its illusory enforcement measures, but even if these were real lawmakers are not in a position to compel the president to execute them.”
Heather MacDonald declares (NRO) “…[T]he proposal is tantamount to an immediate, unconditional amnesty, and thus will lead to the same moral hazard — attracting further illegal immigration — as every previous amnesty in the U.S. and Europe. Nothing of consequence to an intending illegal alien distinguishes the ‘probationary status’ that will be granted upon payment of a fine and back taxes from full-fledged legal status.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Mark Krikorian notes (NRO) “At Monday’s press conference where the Gang of Eight unveiled its amnesty outline, Senator McCain had this to say about the origins of the package being presented (see about minute 31): ‘And if we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement. You will find that this agreement has very little difference from that of the legislation that was led by Senator Kennedy some years ago.’ Has McCain been in the Senate bubble so long that he doesn’t recognize this as a strong reason for voting against his preferred measure? In any case, I think when they finally write a bill they should act on McCain’s suggestion and name it the Ted Kennedy Testimonial Immigration Act of 2013.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Beltway GOP: Amnesty Is This Week’s Bipartisan Betrayal
How quickly the GOP Establishment forgets the grassroots pushback against amnesty during the Bush Administration!
Here is the American Conservative Union’s Al Cardenas setting today’s Beltway tone–
“It seems that a growing number of Democrats & Republicans in Congress have found common ground on agreed-upon principles for immigration reform.
Congratulations to both sides of the aisle in forging a responsible framework today. Difficult days lay ahead in working out specifics on the legislation itself, but the Senate is off to a good start and I encourage the House to follow suit.
As a result of the White House Executive Orders last year, we now have a defacto amnesty status which can only be fixed through legislation. We will soon know whether President Obama is more interested in finding solutions to our nation’s immigration challenges or yet another opportunity for political grand standing and ‘gotcha’ politics. The conservative movement stands ready to support reasonable immigration reform.
But, the President’s speech tomorrow will hopefully address more than just fixing our immigration challenges. It is my hope that he is ready to responsibly compromise on solutions to our nation’s many crises. The ball is now in President Obama’s court.”
Faithful readers will recall the devastating 2007 Heritage Foundation studies of the heavy costs of low-skilled immigration of which Robert Rector’s “Amnesty Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers at Least $2.6 Trillion” (click here) is the most salient.
While we don’t know the details of the Senate ‘bi-partisan’ package or the Obama Administration proposal expected tomorrow, the 2007 Heritage study sets the basic fiscal stage.
Warns NumbersUSA of “Amnesty 2.0” –
“While the current proposal is short on details, Rosemary Jenks has reviewed it and tells me it is basically the same sweeping amnesty we defeated in 2007 with ‘updated’ language to re-brand the amnesty.
We had hoped that the new voices of Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Lee (R-UT) [both members of the so-called Senate ‘Gang of Eight’] would bring some new perspective to an immigration proposal so we were especially disappointed to see their Amnesty 2.0 proposal be nothing more than a rehash of the failed 2007 amnesty.
Indications are that many in the House are posed to embrace the Gang of Eight’s proposal or President Obama’s proposal too. This morning Rep. Diaz Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) told CNN the only question left is how to accomplish the ‘path to citizenship.’
It’s hard to imagine a more wide-sweeping amnesty than the proposal the Gang of Eight has outlined. AgJOBS and the DREAM Act would be effective immediately. While other illegal aliens would have to get in line behind those waiting legally for a green card, they will eventually receive a green card. Legal status, jobs and other benefits will be available almost immediately. Virtually every illegal alien in the United States would benefit from Amnesty 2.0.”
Immigration expert Mark Krikorian (CIS) today reveals –
“Even amnesty advocates acknowledge that the enforcement provisions of any package deal are bogus.”
and explains –
“This latest iteration of the decade-old amnesty con contains the same old ‘back of the line’ baloney as its predecessors. In other words, illegal immigrants will supposedly not be able to cut ahead of those who didn’t break the law. But, of course, that’s nonsense, because the only line they might have to wait in is the line for an actual green card. They will receive nominally provisional immigration status as soon as they submit an application — and with that the right to get a work card, a Social Security number (to replace the one they stole from a legal resident), and a driver’s license. Once they have that, what difference would a green card make?”
Daniel Horowitz (MadisonProject) today outlines an immigration proposal that might be worth more than a “bucket of spit”–
“Any so-called comprehensive immigration reform proposal that is worth more than a bucket of spit must ensure the following:
we are not saddled with 12 million new consumers of the welfare state;
we don’t have 12 million new Democrat voters;
those receiving the amnesty will not have the ability to spawn chain migration;
before any amnesty is implemented, there is a complete establishment of visa tracking, border control, and mandatory E-verify to ensure that this won’t create another ‘Charlie Brown with the football’ scenario of more waves of illegal immigration;
our legal immigration system move towards a merit-based process that favors high-skill immigrants instead of the current ‘Kennedy’ system that is random and tendentious towards low-skilled immigrants.”
What is behind the GOP Establishment rush to amnesty?
We suggest two reasons to start with–
- Heavy donor backing.
As we wrote last November – -
“Mark Krikorian [had] the most revealing report about the goals of the GOP Establishment and immigration –
“A comment by Haley Barbour at the recent Republican Governors Association conference shone light on the GOP establishment’s view that the point of mass immigration, legal or not, is to provide cheap labor inputs for industry:
‘Col. Sanders needs these guys,’ Barbour said, referring to the Latinos in Mississippi who work at processing plants.
So that’s why we have immigration? To procure compliant, disposable, low-cost staff for big employers, now that the old method for doing that has been banned by the 13th amendment? Un-effing-believable.
Teddy Roosevelt got a lot of stuff wrong, what with that Progressive baloney and wanting to acquire colonies, but he certainly got this right:
‘Never under any condition should this Nation look at an immigrant as primarily a labor unit. He should always be looked at primarily as a future citizen and the father of other citizens who are to live in this land as fellows with our children and our children’s children.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)”
- The unfinished ‘legacy’ of the Bush Dynasty. One must not underrate the influence of Bush Administration apparatchiks in today’s Beltway GOP circles. Of course, Jeb Bush is exhibit A. But don’t forget Grover Norquist’s commitment to amnesty.
The permanent damage from the enactment of a major amnesty bill will be widespread: not just fiscal damage but societal (additional loss of jobs for many American citizens) and the end of the American Way (an officially bi-lingual society and likely the end of assimilation, of transmitting a heritage of individual liberty and private property and patriotism — we are hardly doing that even today in our schools) as well as grave dangers in public-safety and national security.
We defeated this threat to our land during the Bush Administration.
Will we — the grassroots, the country class, the yeoman class — be able to get our objections across to members of the Congress once more?