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Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal

January 31, 2014
Daniel Horowitz
1/30/2014
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John Boehner, Eric CantorDrum roll…..the long awaited GOP principles on illegal immigration were presented today to the House GOP Conference at their annual [aptly-named] retreat.  Sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing new under the sun.  Their framework is a mirror image of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill, albeit cloaked in even more deceptive and disingenuous language in order to distract conservatives with shiny objects.  Let’s go through some of the text:

  • After proposing broad amnesty, the document says that” none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.”  That might sound like it was written by the Tea Party, but in reality every GOP leader has made it clear that enforcement triggers mean something ambiguous after the “probationary” legal status is granted.
  • Legalization before amnesty is the key point.  Everything else is window dressing.  Once they are legalized there is no turning back.  There will never be any leverage to implement the universally agreed-upon security measures thereafter.  This is beyond Lucy and the football already.
  • “There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.”  This is the big lie.  Once legal status is granted before the enforcement is in place and the magnets are removed, they will get citizenship.  If there is this much pressure to legalize them when they are totally illegal, there is no way they will permanently reside here without citizenship for more than a year.  At that point, Chuck Schumer will push for citizenship.  Furthermore, the notion that this is not a special pathway is nonsense.  The traditional pathway is in the country of origin.  Staying in the country is the special pathway.
  • The Dream Act is full amnesty, a disaster and a farce. It is particularly irresponsible to push that without asking for changes to birthright citizenship and the welfare state in exchange.  They will be eligible for immediate legal status and citizenship shortly thereafter.  These people are largely poor and low-skilled.  They would be eligible for the entire array of welfare programs. Moreover, once you have amnesty for “Dreamers” it is defacto amnesty for everyone else because A) they can bring in family members and B) anyone can potentially be eligible, so ICE would have to suspend all deportations to allow illegals a reasonable opportunity to present their case.  Sans a proposal to change birthright citizenship first, the Dream Act would expand our anchor baby magnet to an “anchor teenager” phenomenon.
  • “One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.”  Here is another big lie.  They claim that we can’t “punish” children nor could we withhold legal status from anyone because it is not humane.  Yet, they proceed to claim “we must ensure now that when immigration reform is enacted, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future. “  This is internally incoherent.  Once you telegraph the message that as soon as someone successfully comes here illegally and puts down roots, we will not have the stomach to deport them, why would that change during the next cycle? If amnesty for illegal children is a “founding principle,” then we have to have a perpetual amnesty for such children in perpetuity.  The reality is that unless we implement all enforcement long before any amnesty, we will continue the perennial cycle of open borders and sympathy-driven amnesty.  And that is exactly how they want it.
  • The best way to solve a problem is to first honestly admit there is a problem.  By refusing to call them illegals, and instead opting for euphemisms like “Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law,” they are showing that there is no commitment to clamp down on illegal immigration in the future.
  • There is no mention of a border fence.  A physical fence is the only thing proven to work.  Also, it is not subject to manipulation or “prosecutorial discretion.”  It actually works, and that is why they don’t want it.
  • There is no mention of the 800-pound gorilla – the magnets of welfare and unqualified birthright citizenship.  The only way to offer an amnesty [after enforcement] without repeating the mistakes of the past is to finally cut off the incentives to come here illegally in the future.  All they have to do is come here and drop a baby on American soil.  At that point, the baby is an American citizen and can secure welfare on behalf of the family.  Additionally, this is the same flaw with any temporary worker program.  If they have kids, these workers will never be temporary.  Also, the whole idea of a guest worker program is so the special interest lobbies can secure slave wages on behalf of agribusiness.  With American-born children they would have the need and the ability to secure welfare payments.
  • Finally, it is dangerous and irresponsible to begin pushing any of this before Obama begins to follow the current laws.  We are ostensibly advertising for people to come here from across the border and overstay their visas.  If there is a long period of time when legal status is offered before the Fence is built and Exit-Entry is put into place, millions more will flood our country.  Once deportations are ostensibly halted, there will be no way or desire to sort out those who came later, and God-forbid, actually deport those who came for the free ride.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. upaces88 permalink
    January 31, 2014 2:21 pm

    This is not rocket science. It took me all of 5 min. to come up with this:
    ​1) Have those that are already here — register (just like our ancestors did at Ellis Island);
    2) Background checks are a MUST;
    3) After they register, they MUST attend classes to learn to read and speak English (most community colleges offer classes);
    4) They must learn the Constitution; Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence (and be tested);
    5) They must then go before a judge to be sworn in as an American Citizen.
    6) The men “must” join the Military if he is under 30 years of age.
    7) They must have a health Check

    The adults will NEVER receive Social Security benefits because they have not paid into it.
    They are NOT to receive food stamps for the same reason. They have never paid into the system to warrant receiving food stamps.

    8) Put the Military on the border. Place signs at every major path where they come into the U.S. Also run ads in all the major newspapers; and give a press release to every major TV station in Mexico.
    IF shot crossing the border “illegally, any lawsuits will not be accepted in any U.S. court.

    Individuals who hire illegals will be fined $25,000 per person (prior to this, the fine was only $250 here in Texas;
    Corporations who hire illegals will be fined $50,00 per person;

    It is illegal to house illegals. It is already in law that Real Estate Sales Reps as well as apartments cannot rent to them. They do anyway. FINE THEM MUCH MORE HEAVILY and if it is the 2nd offense, they should lose their real estate license and/or be put in jail.

    Community Colleges allow them to register for school. They should also be heavily fined.

    To stop the illegals (and dope runners) from crossing the borders, put the Military on the border. Prior to ​ that, run an ad in every major newspaper in Mexico, Central America that they will be shot if caught trying to cross the border. NO LAW SUITS WILL BE HONORED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    And, YES, there will be profiling…Anyone who is a U.S. citizen will NOT have a problem proudly showing their Drivers License, correct legal papers; or any other proof. THEY ARE, AFTER ALL, INVADING OUR COUNTRY and this has to be stopped and they will agree with us.

    • February 1, 2014 1:47 am

      Very good article and comments. Someone drill it in to stop worrying about getting their VOTE Our Citizenship is not for sale. Beside, they may get the vote once then they have six kids and all vote for “give me more”. Make those who need workers be responsible for their return home not dump them on the economy for cheeper wages from a new bunch.

  2. January 31, 2014 9:38 am

    I’ve had it with country club Republicans. If obama doesn’t get us nuked by 2016, and there’s an election, I will not vote Republican OR Democrat. I’ll write in someone. The Republicans don’t deserve my vote and I despise the Democrats.

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