When the Senate votes on the immigration bill, they’ll be voting for a 1,200 page monstrosity. They won’t be voting on a solution to the immigration problem. Unserious politicians like Harry Reid, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, John Hoeven and Bob Corker will say that their bill is the solution but it isn’t. I wrote about it in this post. John Hinderaker wrote about the bill’s glaring shortcomings in this post. Thankfully, Greta van Susteren wrote the outline to a true immigration solution in this post:

1/ PROBLEM: every day we get people entering the USA illegally (or staying beyond visas – I will get to this later.)

SIMPLE SOLUTION: SEAL THE BORDERS. Don’t tell me we don’t have the money – we do. We can stop doing stupid thinks like the IRS, in just 2 years, spending $50 million on conferences involving line dancing and trinkets. (They don’t have receipts for the other years and you can expect the same absurd waste.) We can sell empty government buildings (the number of buildings is staggering!) and everyone, including the President, can tighten the belt (is this really the right time to be going to Africa to the tune of $60-100 million dollars?) Cost overruns and waste at the Pentagon are breathtakingly large…and I could go on and on and on. We just need to start being smart about our money.

We can figure out how to seal the borders (it just isn’t that hard!) and we can afford it.

Greta’s post highlights the problem. Money isn’t the problem. Political will is the problem.

2/ PROBLEM: What about the 11 MILLION IN THE USA ILLEGALLY NOW? If you speak to the 11 million, you know their big fear and that is that ICE will deport them. That is what THEY want solved.

SIMPLE SOLUTION: give them green cards (we already know how to do that and have a mechanism) but make them ineligible for citizenship since there should be some price for violating our laws. They can stay and work forever and be good neighbors with green cards, but they can’t be citizens for violating our immigration law and then getting lucky.

This is sensible. If people knowingly came to the US illegally, they shouldn’t have a path to citizenship.

ICE is criticizing the Corker-Hoeven amendment:

After Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) admitted the amendment he and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) offered to the immigration bill will not improve immigration law enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Council president Chris Crane told Breitbart News he is shocked lawmakers would still want to pass the bill.

“So that’s the answer from U.S. Senators,” Crane, an ICE agent and a former Marine, told Breitbart News exclusively on Sunday morning. “They know the bill is bad but plan to pass it anyway? With billions of taxpayer dollars to be spent and the safety of the public on the line, Senators plan to pass the buck to the House with hopes they might fix it? Anti-enforcement special interests have succeeded in pressuring the Senate from doing what’s best for America. This is why America has lost faith in its lawmakers.”

Crane is right. This bill is fatally flawed. It doesn’t secure the border. It isn’t that it doesn’t secure it enough. It’s that it doesn’t secure the border. Period.

Finally, Hugh Hewitt is right about this:

If the answer is “We don’t want to waste money on unnecessary double fencing,” my response is that the bill should die because the amendments’ sponsors simply do not understand the importance of this provision and thus have no real intention of meeting the demands of the border-security conservatives. Fence-proponents do not care about a few more hundreds of millions or even billions, and they really don’t believe that cost is driving the opposition.

I and almost every double-sided fence-advocate I know or have talked with don’t trust anyone in D.C. to do anything not specifically written into the law and done so with exacting detail. In fact, they believe every authority to water down border security will in fact be employed –as has been the case since 2006. This is the rational, indeed compelling attitude to have towards this draft law: The rhetoric about it means nothing. The legislative language means everything.

Why would we trust the government at this point? More to the point: Why would we trust Chuck Schumer, Lindsey Graham, Harry Reid, Janet Napolitano and Bob Corker? I wouldn’t trust those people if my life depended on it.

2 Responses to “Immigration reform done right”

  • eric z. says:

    “Why would we trust the government at this point? More to the point: Why would we trust Chuck Schumer, Lindsey Graham, Harry Reid, Janet Napolitano and Bob Corker? I wouldn’t trust those people if my life depended on it.”

    Your life does depend on what Washington DC produces.

    So, who does expect this batch of sow’s ears to produce a silk purse? It’s a no-silk-purse cabal, be it about spying on Americans, or handling those wanting to become Americans. If a Pied Piper ever went through DC, the children might stay, but think of all the rats clogging every street, path, and byway.

  • hardrockminer says:

    No amnesty. Deportation. Until we have full employment, no guest workers either. Sick and tired of press 2 for Spanish.

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