May 21, 2006
Is "Deportation" a bad word?!?!Topics: Immigration and Border Issues
In 1986 President Reagan granted amnesty to what was estimated to be 1.5 million illegal immigrants. Turns out that over 3 million illegal immigrants took advantage of the amnesty program to become legalized. It was later found that some of them had done so using false documents in order to qualify.
If we extrapolate from said past experience, then it follows that when the Senate grants its "Earned Path to Citizenship," or whatever they wind up calling their defacto "amnesty," to the estimated 10 to 12 million illegals presently in the country, it is realistic to expect that it will be more like 20 to 24 million illegal immigrants who will take advantage of the program and become "legalized."
Back in 1986, granting amnesty while failing to secure our borders became a magnet for illegal immigration, which has resulted in the present chaos on the southern border we are now facing, and in an estimated 3 to 5 million people trying to sneak across into the US every year!
Unless we truly secure our borders and implement our immigration laws, are we to expect any different after granting amnesty to the above 20 to 24 million? Common sense dictates not, and on the contrary we may expect the onslaught on our southern border to increase ten fold with renewed vigor, especially with the ominous prospects of increased political instability in Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and other Latin American countries, which will only bring more strife to the region.
For any immigration policy to succeed, be it our current laws, or the Kennedy - McCain Bill, "enforcement" is a prerequisite, or the law just becomes a farce and a joke, as has been the case in the last 20 years with
"Sanctuary" cities, "catch and release" programs, total lack of "employer sanctions" enforcement for those hiring illegal aliens, and the patent unwillingness by authorities to deport illegals once inside the country!
As a matter of fact, it seems that the word "deportation" has become a "bad word" which is "offensive" to be uttered, not only amongst those calling for open borders from the Straits of Magellan to the Aleutian Islands, but even amongst the Tom Tancredo and Sensenbrenner crowd, which steps back from it in horror when asked while proposing that by just drying up the jobs for illegals by severely sanctioning employers, they will somehow leave of their own volition in an orderly manner. Yeah, right!
Which begs the question: How can we ever implement any immigration policy while suffering from this apparent political "repugnancy" to apply the law and deport anyone?!?!
I mean, imagine that Senators Kennedy and McCain get their way, and a path to "Earned Citizenship" is granted to all these illegal immigrants amongst us. Supposedly, they must pay a fine of $2000.00, take two English proficiency tests, pass a criminal background check, pay back taxes, and must have been working uninterruptedly all the time they were here illegally.
What happens if they fail any of the above criteria, do we "deport" them then, or will we just keep changing the rules to accommodate them, or just come up with some other excuses to still allow them to stay here as "illegal residents"?!?!
That is the one question which has never been posed by any of the Pundits to anyone in the "Earned Path to Citizenship" amnesty crowd! When will any immigration law have any teeth?!?!
I wish someone would have the courage to ask it!
Posted by Althor at May 21, 2006 3:45 PM
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