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Making illegal residents legal
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 1/8/2004 | JAMES O. GOLDSBOROUGH

Posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:37 AM PST by kellynla

President Bush's immigration reform plan, delayed three years because of Sept. 11, is a politically expedient confession of the massive failure of U.S. immigration policy for two decades.

Bush's plan would legalize 8 million to 9 million people in this country illegally, and does nothing to shut off the flow of more illegal immigrants. In fact, it will encourage more to come.

Bush is not solely to blame for this misguided policy. He has simply signed on to policy Congress has followed since the last so-called reforms, in 1986, 1990 and 1996, from which our government has apparently learned nothing.

The idea behind the Bush plan is to pretend to Americans – who in poll after poll oppose the current high levels of both legal and illegal immigration – that reform is being done, while in fact writing laws that do nothing to close U.S. borders that are essentially open.

The administration even has the nerve to pretend that the raft of homeland security measures announced in recent days will help to stanch the illegal immigrant flow. In fact, those measures, painful as they are, carefully avoid the one provision that would stop illegal immigration instantly: requiring forge-proof Social Security cards for Americans, without which employment would be denied.

Bush no doubt hopes his generous plan for illegal immigrants, most of whom are from Mexico and 40 percent of whom are in California, will win him sympathetic Latino votes in states like California, Arizona and Florida. It may well do so if the defection of people who object to this immigration flimflam does not offset any gain.

Mexican President Vicente Fox will be satisfied with Bush's plan because he long has called for an amnesty for Mexicans illegally in the United States. Bush does not call his plan an amnesty, but when laws are changed so that lawbreakers miraculously are transformed into law-abiders, that is amnesty.

Congress will tinker with Bush's proposals, but will endorse them for they closely track existing bipartisan bills in Congress – if anything, they are more generous. If Congress seeks a name for its new bill – Congress likes flashy names for its sillier legislation – I have one: the Federal Anti-Reform Control Evasion act.

FARCE, for short.

Immigration advocates say the proposed measures simply recognize reality: You've got 8 million illegal immigrants here, most are gainfully employed, government has neither the will nor the resources to find and deport them and so, voila, let us embrace them in the spirit of true American pragmatism.

As a utilitarian argument, it is irrefutable, and the very Americans who say in polls they don't want them here are the same ones who employ them by the millions in fields, firms and households. At least the new proposals have the virtue of not being hypocritical, like so much past immigration policy. Government is simply throwing up its hands. I imagine managers at Wal-Mart, under investigation for employing illegal immigrants, are relieved.

At its heart, it is a catastrophic admission of failure. It is a confession that, despite massive border controls, a generation of immigration reform bills and billions of dollars spent in a ballet of smoke and mirrors, America's borders are essentially wide open. It is a confession that the reform acts of the past 18 years were complete failures, and during that period 8 million to 9 million people have entered this land and settled here permanently, patiently awaiting the next amnesty.

Don't expect much opposition to Bush's proposals. Right-wing nativists will rant and rave, but their reasoning is always suspect. As for the politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, they see only political gain in FARCE. They will outbid each other to see who wins the most. In their legislating, they will carefully avoid loaded words like "amnesty" and "guest workers." Fox and Bush will embrace each other sometime before the November elections, and bands will play.

In the land, people will be offended at the fecklessness of these policies, but will be powerless to stop the freight train. They won't be fooled by the flag-waving, though they also won't be laying off any illegal workers they happen to employ.

The core problem with FARCE is this: It will not stop more illegal immigrants from coming. For a decade, I have said that amnesty would only be justified if it simultaneously cut off the flow of millions more people awaiting the next amnesty. Mexico, in other words, should agree as a quid pro quo to control its borders and stop illegal passage across them.

The 8 million may not be going anywhere but such a quid pro quo would stop another 8 million from coming before the ink is dry.

Mexico, however, refuses such an agreement.

We are reliving the failure of 1986 when 4 million people were amnestied, only this time we have

8 million. As we embrace the new immigrants, we should be learning from our 1986 mistake so that, at the next amnesty, in 2022, the figure is not 20 million.

But both Bush and this Congress will be gone by then.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; biggovernment; california; illegalimmigration; illegalmexicans; nationalsecurity; rewardingcriminals; thenannystate; thewelfarestate; welfarestate

1 posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:39 AM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla
This article is dead on! Thanks for posting it.
2 posted on 01/08/2004 10:46:20 AM PST by SolutionsOnly
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3 posted on 01/08/2004 10:47:01 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: kellynla
Don't expect much opposition to Bush's proposals. Right-wing nativists will rant and rave, but their reasoning is always suspect.
4 posted on 01/08/2004 10:50:54 AM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: kellynla
FYI...once again...the President does not make laws, Congress does and Bush clearly stated in his speech that it would be up to Congress to hammer out the details. Check out:

Tancredo's Guest Worker Bill


5 posted on 01/08/2004 10:52:53 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: kellynla
This is where we should learn from the illegals. Like the illegals who had their "strike" here in California – we should set up a real national strike where the US Citizens who oppose legalizing lawbreakers and believe in our sovereignty don't show up for work, shop, or send our kids to school. Sending a clear message to Washington that we oppose legalizing illegals. The best day to do this... why April 15th of course.
6 posted on 01/08/2004 10:53:28 AM PST by Isolationist
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To: kellynla
Mexico, in other words, should agree as a quid pro quo to control its borders and stop illegal passage across them.

The author made a lot of excellent observations, but this remark is off base. It's not Mexico's job to guard our border.

7 posted on 01/08/2004 10:54:44 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: kellynla
"You get delicious glass of water for posting nice article."


8 posted on 01/08/2004 10:54:58 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I argue as passionately on FR against ILLEGAL ALIENS as I would if Gore, not Bush were President.)
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To: Dog Gone
I agree
9 posted on 01/08/2004 10:57:20 AM PST by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar. Div. U.S.M.C. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi! HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
"You get delicious glass of water for posting nice article." Thanks for the chaser...now about that shot of Jack? hmmmmmm LOL
10 posted on 01/08/2004 10:58:27 AM PST by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar. Div. U.S.M.C. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi! HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
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To: Dog Gone
But Mexico should be pelanized for offloading it's problems on US rather than fixing them - which is exactly what is happening.

Fox's policy is to export the poor to the USA so they can mail dollars back to Mexico. It's unacceptable.
11 posted on 01/08/2004 11:00:13 AM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: kellynla
Immigration advocates say the proposed measures simply recognize reality: You've got 8 million illegal immigrants here, most are gainfully employed, government has neither the will nor the resources to find and deport them and so, voila, let us embrace them in the spirit of true American pragmatism.

As a utilitarian argument, it is irrefutable, and the very Americans who say in polls they don't want them here are the same ones who employ them by the millions in fields, firms and households. At least the new proposals have the virtue of not being hypocritical, like so much past immigration policy. Government is simply throwing up its hands. I imagine managers at Wal-Mart, under investigation for employing illegal immigrants, are relieved.

At its heart, it is a catastrophic admission of failure. It is a confession that, despite massive border controls, a generation of immigration reform bills and billions of dollars spent in a ballet of smoke and mirrors, America's borders are essentially wide open.

Agreed on all counts.

12 posted on 01/08/2004 11:01:40 AM PST by TheDon (Have a Happy New Year!)
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To: Dog Gone
ONe observation I disagree with is the assumption that Hispanic citizens support this proposal, or any mass legalization, and that Bush thinks he's going to get votes from it.

Rather, it is an appeal for campaign donations from the industries whose short term strategies are to suppress American wages. They are the big boys, and you can find them allied and funding all the "liberal" front groups like La Raza, NIF.

Bush's proposal is, effectively, a racist policy in that the victims, lower class, even middle class workers and taxpayers are disproportionately hispanic and black. The liberal Democratic policies are, effectively, probably even more racist but I'll reserve further judgment because they're so jumbled.

You might check out the Dean and such chat boards. The ignorance about labor and economics there is quite astounding from folk who promote themselves as understanding these concerns.

13 posted on 01/08/2004 11:04:14 AM PST by Shermy
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To: kellynla
It will not stop more illegal immigrants from coming. For a decade, I have said that amnesty would only be justified if it simultaneously cut off the flow of millions more people awaiting the next amnesty.

I've come to the same conclusion. A good article, thanks for posting it.

14 posted on 01/08/2004 11:04:49 AM PST by TheDon (Have a Happy New Year!)
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To: VU4G10
Considering the posters I've seen on FR, I'd have to agree.
15 posted on 01/08/2004 11:05:33 AM PST by TheDon (Have a Happy New Year!)
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To: ravingnutter
I will check it out.
16 posted on 01/08/2004 11:08:23 AM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Dog Gone
I agree. I thought it rather odd as well.
17 posted on 01/08/2004 11:08:24 AM PST by TheDon (Have a Happy New Year!)
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To: kellynla
One way to make them legal:
SEND THEM BACK TO MEXICO, DAMMIT!
18 posted on 01/08/2004 11:14:37 AM PST by dangus
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To: Dog Gone
But Mexico's leaders are still guilty of encouraging illegals to invade us (and even giving them survival packs for the trip), which encouragement is in itself a hostile act.

Mexico has also made frequent incursions across our order, and its troops have fired on Americans, which goes way beyond hostile.

19 posted on 01/08/2004 11:14:48 AM PST by mrustow
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To: TheDon
YES! Demonstrate that the border can be effectively sealed off , exempt aliens' children from automatic citizenship, and then maybe, just maybe, we might reluctantly talk about a workers' bill for the ones that have been here for ages.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 11:17:34 AM PST by dangus
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To: kellynla
Here's an idea: For each Mexican invader across our borders, we quarter one G.I. in Mexico city. We can call it a "Vincentive" for Fox to call off the invasion.
21 posted on 01/08/2004 11:19:55 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus
Here's an idea: For each Mexican invader across our borders, we quarter one G.I. in Mexico city.

We don't have nearly enough GIs.

22 posted on 01/08/2004 11:32:51 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine
>>>> Here's an idea: For each Mexican invader across our borders, we quarter one G.I. in Mexico city. >>>>

>> We don't have nearly enough GIs. >>

OK here's an idea: They're sending us their undesirables; how about we send them OUR undesirables. For every invader they send us, we send them one lawyer...

Bad idea... they'll sue for California. ["...And so they devil asks God, 'Where are YOU gonna get a lawyer?' "] Ummm... we'll send them telemarketers! [We'll keep a few hair salonists just to prevent Hitchikers' Plague. :) </not *so* obscure reference>]
23 posted on 01/08/2004 12:22:18 PM PST by dangus
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To: Dog Gone
It's not Mexico's job to guard our border.

Talk about letting the FOX guard the chicken coop!

24 posted on 01/08/2004 1:03:13 PM PST by hunter112
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To: kellynla
Federal Anti-Reform Control Evasion act.

FARCE, for short.

Maybe next year we'll decide to pardon all convicts because our prison system is not working -- we can call that the Federal Anti-Reform Prisoner Act (FARPA).

25 posted on 01/08/2004 1:20:48 PM PST by browardchad
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To: dangus
LOL
26 posted on 01/08/2004 1:22:46 PM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: browardchad
Don't forget terrorists; they've been having a rough time lately. We need the Federal Anti-Reform Terrorist Act.
(FARTA)
27 posted on 01/08/2004 4:21:22 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: dangus; Sabertooth
There are quite a few good ideas on "Eighteen Illegal Alien solutions that are better than any Amnesty."
The thread and its ideas were generated by our own Sabertooth. My favorite and the one I think would
be singly the most effective measure is #8.

8: Seize the assets of businesses knowingly hiring Illegals under the RICO Act, as they are ongoing criminal enterprises. Prosecute executives who knowingly hire Illegals.

I think five years minimum mandatory for employing illegals would go a long way towards solving the problem.

28 posted on 01/08/2004 4:41:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Regime change in the courts. Impeach activist judges!)
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To: kellynla
FARCE indeed.
29 posted on 03/10/2004 4:08:41 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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