There's the story of a woman with five kids who was asked: If she had to do it all over again, would she have five children?
"Yes," she said, "just not these five."
That's the way I feel about the immigration "reform" bill introduced by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of 8." I'm all for an
One of the "gang" members, Sen.
There is much to improve, maybe too much. The Daily Caller read through all 844 pages of the pending bill and found it contains "roughly 400 exemptions, exceptions, waivers, determinations and grants of discretion." In fact, the Caller found, "The document mentions 'discretion' or 'discretionary' 41 times ... 'judge' or 'judges' 73 times ... determines is used 84 times." This bill has more holes in it than a Texas border fence.
Responding to a report by Ronald Mortensen, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which analyzed the Senate proposal, the center's executive director, Mark Krikorian, offered, "Illegal aliens will be rewarded for breaking laws for which American citizens are routinely punished." He cites as one example the use of a fraudulent Social Security card, which, he says, would cause an American citizen to face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but, he says: "... under this bill the illegal alien would face a $1,000 penalty covering all his many offenses, a penalty which in many cases will be waived." According to Mr. Krikorian, the individual would then be "issued a new Social Security number without any past bad credit or arrest records." What's with all the preferential treatment?
Additional public benefits for illegal immigrants should not be seen as far-fetched, given a Boston Herald report about the family of the accused Boston Marathon bombers, whose residency may have been legal but whose behavior was not: "The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance -- a bonanza ranging from cash and
As it stands, the bill is unlikely to pass. That's why Senator Rubio is right about the need to fix it. If he were to introduce an amendment to ban an illegal immigrant from voting for 10 years, we might see Democratic support for the measure quickly fade. The Democratic Party appears interested in "importing" new Democratic voters. Illegal immigrants know this, which leads many of them to believe that even if they break the law to get here, they have a "right" to become American citizens. I don't think so, do you?