House immigration bill — if there is one — must put enforcement first
July 13, 2013 11:29 PM | 3381 views | 3 3 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most Americans — and most Georgians — favor an “enforcement first” approach to immigration reform. But unfortunately, the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill passed last month by the U.S. Senate takes what amounts to a “legalization first” approach. There’s plenty of lip service about enforcement, but lip service is all it is. It is an amnesty bill in all but name, heavily focused on rewarding those who have made their way into this country illegally by creating a new “path to citizenship.”

That deeply flawed Senate bill is now headed toward the GOP-controlled House, where its prospects are much less certain.

Unfortunately, too many Capitol Hill Democrats see immigration reform as a win-win situation for themselves. If it is passed, the result will be a greatly enlarged federal bureaucracy and millions of additional recipients of federal largesse — the great majority of whom are likely to vote Democratic when they finally get the vote. And if immigration reform fails, the Democrats and their Big Media allies will have an issue with which to try and demonize Republicans.

But make no mistake: The Gang of Eight bill is a legalization-first bill. And its enforcement components will be ignored, just like they were after the 1986 immigration amnesty bill that delivered amnesty just as promised, but did nothing to stiffen enforcement — and thus encouraged millions more to come here illegally.

As U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) put it, “I had hoped that the Senate would produce a bipartisan bill that truly solved the many issues plaguing our nation’s outdated immigration system,” Isakson said. “I have said for many years and from day one of this debate that border security is my top priority, and I am disappointed that S.744 does not ensure true border security. I voted against S.744 ... because it contained several waivers and loopholes that could allow those who are here illegally to obtain green cards before our nation’s borders are truly secure.”

Nearly every enforcement provision of the Gang of Eight bill could be waived by the Secretary of Homeland Security, just like President Obama recently announced that he was unilaterally going to ignore or delay politically unpopular portions of his Obamacare plan until after next fall’s congressional elections.

And even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that the Gang of Eight bill would only slow the flow of illegal immigrants here by one half — at the very most.

Liberals like to portray themselves as the “friends” of those here illegally, yet by failing to stem or even slow the flow of illegal immigrants into this country, the cynical bill they champion would increase the numbers of undocumented workers here competing for jobs with those already in this country. You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to see that the result would be downward pressure on the already below-market wages paid to illegal immigrants by unscrupulous businessmen, builders and growers in this country.

Those who come to this country as immigrants, speaking both from a historical and current-day perspective, typically are those motived to work hard and improve themselves. It’s the lazy and complacent who usually stay in the Old Country. There’s no question that our immigration system needs to be overhauled, that our guest worker program needs to be enhanced to better and more safely serve the needs both of immigrants and U.S. employers. But those changes need to be predicated on finally controlling our borders — and not just in word, but in fact.

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Jane W.
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July 15, 2013
If Democrats believed in immigration enforcement, E-Verify would already be the law of the land.

But instead, Democrats fight E-Verify on every level.
rjsnh
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July 15, 2013
No we do not need a big high fence along the border. Corporate American greed created the immigration problem. Businesses have voluntarily chosen to hire illegal immigrants desperate for work because the labor was cheap, cheaper than legal citizens. (Corporate American greed has also shipped jobs overseas for cheap labor.) Blame immigrants if you want but none of them would have been hired had their employers not hired them. By the way, most of the folks doing the hiring are conservative Republicans....
Pat H
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July 15, 2013
We don't need a bill, or even reform and most of all nothing comprehensive.

We need a Congress with a backbone to get serious and acknowledge that we have more people in the workforce than we can employ and we need enforcement and e-verify taken seriously.

We can no longer afford this invasion. Congress - you are supposed to work for us. The Republican house members who support any bill whatsoever that can be then sent to conference need to represent citizens and taxpayers or step aside and let someone who will do the right thing.
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