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Brief and Direct: Immigration Policy

First in an unscheduled series of short commentaries on current events

Talk of “comprehensive immigration reform” bubbled to the surface last week. We’ve seen this coming for some time. Since long before the last election. In fact, as long ago as July, 2006. Then, today,

CBS Miami, 1/28/2013:

Rubio Pitching Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“A bipartisan group or [sic] Senators including Senator Marco Rubio are set to unveil a new comprehensive immigration reform package at a Monday afternoon press conference in Washington.

The sweeping overhaul of immigration laws would reportedly include a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. The bipartisan deal also includes border security, non-citizen or “guest” workers and employer verification of immigration status….

According to the framework of the plan it will contain four basic legislative “pillars:” [starting with]

  1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required….”

Without going into how much of the entire agenda is strictly political, I’ll only point out that very little of it addresses what many of us agree is the problem: our porous border.

Although the first pillar depends upon “securing our borders,” none of the remainder do, and even the first one describes a “fair path to citizenship,” rather than a means to achieve legal residency. And now that the door has been opened to comprehensive immigration law reform, it’s clear to me that the idea of “security first, legislation reform to follow,” has been pretty much abandoned by our leadership, including Marco Rubio, for whom I otherwise have tremendous respect. This is a direct result of President Obama’s re-election, and our failure to elect more conservatives to Congress.

I promised to be brief and direct, so I will. Whatever plan they come up with under the guise of “reform,” the result will be the same as every other plan we’ve tried in the past–and border security isn’t really on their list of necessities. If the border is left unsecured, the day will eventually come when conditions in Mexico will be so unattractive to its citizens that sneaking into the United States will again (if it has ever stopped) look like the least bad of their alternatives, and the tide of illegal immigration will resume. Ignore the nonsense being mouthed today by people like John McCain. Whatever bill is proposed, its primary beneficiaries will be politicians, not the American people.

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