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Immigration Reform or Amnesty?

Posted on: April 19, 2013

Seems to me the immigration bill now in the Senate “Gang of Eight” is the same old thing over and over again that we Americans have had from our government for 30+ years: amnesty for people who broke our laws and sneaked into our country then after they got here they demand we give them all the rights of citizenship which of course includes all the “goodies” and “freebies”.   Senator Rubio is trying to get a fair bill and a fair hearing but the Democrats who control the Senate have stated they will allow only one debate and then they want a fast passage of their bill.   Fast passage as in ”’we have to pass the bill to learn what is in it”!

I believe that we must do something about our immigration policy.  I especially abhor the fact that one family member is in and every relative including “kissin’ cousins” are then allowed to come in.  This is wrong.  Immediate family members only should be permitted to follow an individual into our country, and this does not include the parents!    Husband, wife and dependent children..operative word here is “dependent ” children.

Above all we must secure our borders!  And this has never been done and is even less likely to be done under Obama and the Democrats who are dependent upon the Hispanic vote.  Anyhow, the following article by former Senator Jim DeMint  who is now head of Heritage Foundation gives some important insights and the entire bill as it was presented in the Senate so you read it and decide for yourself Dear Reader.  BB

Jim DeMint on the Senate’s Flawed Immigration Plan

Since the birth of our nation, the United States has recognized the vital role of lawful immigration, as it brings important economic and cultural benefits. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants.

We are also a nation of laws. The “Gang of Eight” bill introduced in the U.S. Senate violates the very rule of law principle that creates opportunity for immigrants and makes America a beacon of hope for the world. Giving legal residency to the 11 million people who came here illegally has one definition: amnesty. Amnesty rewards unlawful behavior and diminishes opportunity and prosperity for lawful immigrants and all Americans.

The Senate bill imposes significant costs on taxpayers. At a time of trillion-dollar deficits and $17 trillion in debt, the cost of implementing amnesty and the strain it will add to already fragile entitlement and welfare programs should be of serious concern for everyone.

>>> USA Today: Understanding the costs of amnesty

After decades of empty promises on immigration enforcement, Congress simply lacks credibility to keep its promises. A comprehensive amnesty bill was tried before and it failed. In 1986 we had about 3 million unlawful immigrants. Congress granted them legal status with a promise to control our borders and fix our legal immigration system.

Lawmakers who supported the 1986 bill promised in grand speeches that amnesty would never happen again. Now there are 11 million unlawful immigrants in America because amnesty was immediate but the border wasn’t secured, workplace laws were not enforced, and our legal immigration system was not fixed. The result of amnesty is clear — it encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future amnesties.

This new bill is much the same as the last: immediate amnesty in the form of provisional status within months and lofty promises of “strategies” and “plans” for enforcement years later.

>>> Read the bill: Full text of the Senate legislation

Rather than rewarding the 11 million who broke our laws, Congress should first consider how to make the immigration system work for the more than 4 million people waiting patiently outside our borders to come to our country legally. A rational system would make it easier to follow the law than to break it.

Instead of passing another incomprehensible comprehensive immigration bill, Congress should debate and develop understandable reforms in a transparent step-by-step process that addresses all of the immigration issues. This will build trust with the American people and unite the country rather than divide it.


2 Responses to "Immigration Reform or Amnesty?"

Immigration is just a legalized invasion. It only benefits the super rich, car dealerships and real estate agents. It is never planned for. It strains the local municipalities infrastructure and the tax-payers, who shoulder the burden of increased population. The ordinary person finds more crowded streets and public transit, roads, etc More crime, since the newcomers will struggle to find work. It is human nature to seek a better economic situation. Especially when the place the immigrants are coming from, is a repressive regime.

Sorry 608 I do not agree with you at all this time. My maternal grandparents came over in steerage from Russia in 1910. They were the proudest Americans I have ever known! Their sons farouche for this country in WWII. Their grandsons and daughters have served this country in the military and as doctors, policemen, nurses and teachers. Immigrants have made this country the great place it is. You see immigrants were the bravest, most intelligent and finest that their countries had to offer. They had the guts, determination and dreams to leave their homes and come to a new land.

What we have here is the same thing with the immigrants who are coming today. The problem is the illegality of their coming. That however is not the immigrants fault but our own governments fault for not protecting our borders. BUT,I disagree emphatically with your assessment that the immigrants are the cause of the things that you ascribe to them! The immigrants both legal and illegal come for a better life and to find work. The crime is due to drugs and the ill fated war on drugs that our government continues to pursue. That drug dealers and runners happen to also be illegal immigrants is merely because they are criminals in both our country and their own and they are here as criminals in criminal activities. It has nothing to do with their immigrant status. The vast majority of illegal immigrants want only to obey the laws and stay out of sight and continue to support their families.

I sometimes find you reasoning illogical my friend. BB

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