Sen. Dick Durbin put forth platitudes on Tuesday to justify his push for the latest attempt at amnesty—another go at the DREAM Act. The latest DREAM act offers incentives to, as Fox News wrote, “allow young undocumented immigrants temporary and ultimately permanent residency, improving the nation’s economic and security status.”
If you believe our economy and security will benefit, you’re sadly misinformed about our economy and security.
Never mind the long lines of immigrants who file the proper papers, pay outrageous fees to predatory lawyers and wait on a mishmash of immigration courts and other bureaucratic entities to process. Congress refuses to address the real issues.
Durbin’s been in Washington since the 1980s. He was there when Congress—mainly Democrats—wrote the Amnesty Bill of 1986, casually known as the Simpson-Mazzoli bill. Politicos pitched that bill on the basis of shutting down ‘illegal immigration’ and getting the border under control. Democrats and the Republican Alan Simpson pulled a fast one on President Ronald Reagan.
Those promises made liars of Congress. In 1986 many put the number of illegals—the correct term would be foreign nationals—at 3-5 million. Now we’re told there are about 12 million, but as I’ve pointed out before, no one knows the true number because you can’t document the undocumented.
The Amnesty Bill of 1986 represents a broken contract with the American people.
Even as the government issues dismal employment figures and President Barack Obama drones on and on about wage disparity, the government does everything possible to permit an unrestrained flow across the border and everyone knows someone in the country without legal papers will work for a pittance.
SC legislator admitted employing illegal workers
Sen. Robert Ford (D), who serves in the SC Legislature, proved my pittance theory when he shared a story during state immigration hearings:
“[Ford] recalled to senators that four workers in the country illegally showed up on his lawn and finished mowing, edging and other work in 30 minutes that would take others much longer, and only wanted $10 for the job. He went on to say he recommended the workers to his neighbors, and one local lawn care businessman lost work…”
Aside from the fact Ford obviously has Ebenezer Scrooge tendencies, legacy media missed a big issue with his statement—Ford admitted to employing illegal workers and he knew they were illegal. Progressives get a pass on such matters.
Rep. Lamar Smith
Meanwhile Republican congressman Lamar Smith (Texas) has introduced the Legal Workforce Act. Smith’s statement described the bill as “[T]he Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164), a bill that could open up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans and legal immigrants. The legislation improves the E-Verify system and makes it mandatory for all U.S. employers.”
Smith will also introduce a bill to rein in President Barack Obama’s runaway backdoor amnesty policy.
It's the border, stupid
The United States’ current problem with foreign nationals is a direct result of lack of control over the border and failed foreign policy with Mexico. Mexico relies on the U.S. for a certain amount of medical care, education costs and law enforcement; there’s also the value of money sent home and Mexico’s economy relies on it. US taxpayers are a de facto charity for Mexico.
Durbin and his fellows are pandering for votes and they don’t care how they get them. No one even knows how valid voter registrations are across this country. If you can get fake work papers, don’t you suppose you can get a fraudulent voter registration, especially in counties where progressives would probably let my hound dog vote if he showed up with a rent receipt?
Democrats have done little on behalf of our country to address fiscal and security issues associated with the open border. In fact, our president has circumvented Congress in direct violation of the US Constitution, and he has also inspired advocacy organizations (who have also received taxpayer dollars) bent on expanding their own cultures to demand even more from taxpayers.
The DREAM effort has a five year illegal residency requirement. If you’re in a country for 5 years there’s been ample opportunity to apply for legal status.
A blogger at Red State summed up the chaos—“Legal is illegal; illegal is legal.”
Consider this. Envision large numbers of US students heading to Mexico, painting some signs and then demanding entitlements. What do you think the Mexican government and people would do to those students?
I think Mexico's response would be more like a nightmare than a dream.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 29, 2011)
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Dave Gibson, national editor of Immigration Reform at The Examiner, has an article about backdoor policy implemented by the Obama administration. Gibson notes the response from employee advocates at Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
Finally, this warning from the ICE Union president: “I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms - the things happening at ICE represent neither. We are asking everyone to please email or call your Congressman and Senators immediately and ask them to help stop what's happening at ICE, we desperately need your help.”