Let Mexico Write the Immigration Bill

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 9:42 am by Neal

The ”undocumented” are, as it happens, brimming with sufficient documents to open bank accounts or, on the other hand, rent a Ryder truck, as Mohammad Salameh did in 1993 when he and his pals bombed the World Trade Center first time round. Being ”undocumented” means being documented up to the hilt as far as everyone else is concerned but ”undocumented” only to the U.S. government. Which, when you think about it, is a very advantageous status to have.

So notes Mark Steyn in his column, “Immigration bill is a fraud.” This bill is a fraud being perpetrated on the legal, American citizens, and good luck convincing the Democrats and Republicans who no longer seem to recognize any distinction between citizens and invaders.

A few days ago, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, declared: ”This week we will vote on cloture and final passage of a comprehensive bill that will strengthen border security, bring the 12 million undocumented Americans out of the shadows, and keep our economy strong.”

Hear that? To Harry Reid, the criminals who have invaded this country are already Americans! Steyn continues,

the bill’s supporters should stop assuming the bad faith of their opponents. On Fox News the other night, I was told by NPR’s Juan Williams, ”You’re anti-immigrant!” Er, actually, I am an immigrant — one of the members of the very very teensy-weensy barely statistically detectable category of ”legal immigrant.” But perhaps that doesn’t count anymore. Perhaps, like Colin Powell’s blackness, it’s insufficiently ”authentic.” By filing the relevant paperwork with the United States government, I’m not ”keepin’ it real.”

I wouldn’t presume to speak for the millions of Americans who oppose this bill, but it’s because I’m an immigrant myself that I object to the most patent absurdity peddled by the pro-amnesty crowd. The bill is fundamentally a fraud. Its ”comprehensive solution” to illegal immigration is simply to flip all the illegals overnight into the legal category. Voila! Problem solved! There can be no more illegal immigrants because the Senate has simply abolished the category. Ingenious! For their next bipartisan trick, Congress will reduce the murder rate by recategorizing murderers as jaywalkers.

Back in the real world far from those senators living in the non-shadows of their boundless self-admiration, the truth is that America’s immigration bureaucracy cannot cope with its existing caseload, and thus will certainly be unable to cope with millions of additional teeming hordes tossed into its waiting room.

Yes, this bill is that bad. And, as hard as it is to comprehend, our elite “leaders” in Washington are really this clueless. Perhaps the worst injustice in this bill is what it does to those honest, law-abiding folks who have spent thousands of dollars and years of their lives trying to immigrate to this country legally. Steyn writes,

America has an illegal immigration problem in part because it has a legal immigration problem. Anyone who enters the system exposes himself to an arbitrary, capricious, whimsical bureaucracy: For example, one of the little-known features of this bill is that in order to ”bring the 12 million undocumented Americans out of the shadows,” millions of legal applicants are being hurled back into outer darkness. Law-abiding foreign nationals who filed their paperwork in the last two years would be required to go back to their home countries and start all over again. Not only does this bill reward law-breaking, it punishes law-abiding.

Unbelievable. It’s impossible to fathom the existence of such a wretched bill. Why don’t we scrap this bill and let the Mexican government write the next version. There’s no way it could be as bad as this one.

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