It’s Legalization. Now. For All Illegals. And their Spouses. And their Parents. And their Children.
A news story I read yesterday suggested that under this new bill it would take many years (plus the completion of extraordinary beefing up measures at the border) before illegals could gain legal permanent residency. That made the bill seem tougher than any previous amnesty bills, which had given legal permanent residency up front. But it’s not true. In fact, this bill gives what amounts to INSTANT LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY TO ALL ILLEGALS IN THE U.S. The Washington Post explains:
The immigration overhaul that passed the Senate last year identified three categories of illegal immigrants, based on the length of time they had been in the country, and would have granted immediate legal status only to those who had been here the longest. Others would have had to return home or would have faced deportation.But it’s worse than just indicated. Remember what Brian Darling pointed out at NRO, which Paul Nachman quoted here. As soon as the illegal alien gets the Z visa, his spouse, his parents, and his children can all get Z visas too. The bill thus gives instant legal permanent U.S. residency to entire three-generational familes who are still living in Mexico, solely on the basis that one member of the family entered the U.S. illegally prior to January 1, 2007.
The Post continues:
The new bill’s authors “seem to think that they can dupe the American public into accepting a blanket amnesty if they just call it ‘comprehensive’ or ‘earned legalization’ or ‘regularization,’ ” said Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a presidential candidate who is a strong opponent of illegal immigration. “The president is so desperate for a legacy and a domestic policy win that he is willing to sell out the American people and our national security.”I have two quibbles with Tancredo. First, an amnesty is simply the removal of a punishment. This bill gives effective legal permanent residency to entire families who have never even entered the U.S., let alone broken its laws. They are being rewarded for the law breaking of their relative, who of course is also being rewarded for his lawbreaking. That’s not an amnesty, it’s an incalculable undeserved benefit, the principle of socialism applied to immigration: the less you deserve, the more you get. The socialistic aspect of it is brought out even more when we remember how difficult and time consuming it is for legal immigration applicants to get into the United States. The legal immigrant does all the work of applying—and it can take him years to complete the process. The illegal alien breaks into our country—and he and his entire family get instant legal permanent residence!
Second, how can Tancredo say that President Bush has “sold out the American people”? To sell someone out means that you’re ostensibly on his side, and then you betray him. But Bush during the 2000 campaign and throughout his presidency has made it crystal clear that he is an enemy of the American nation. Conservatives just didn’t want to hear the plain meaning of his words when, in a speech in Miami in August 2000, he celebrated the spread of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture in the U.S., and when, about 10,000 times during his presidency, he said that “family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande,” meaning that the U.S.-Mexico border is meaningless, and when, in his first Comprehensive National Suicide proposal of January 7, 2004, he said that all people in the world who can underbid an American for a job should be allowed to come here. So he has not sold us out. He is doing what, in one form or another, he has always told us he wanted to do.
Readers add more insights into the radical nature of this bill:
Eric E. writes:
There is something unbelievable in the bill.Roger writes:
This immigration bill is so radical that it’s staggering. It poses the greatest threat to this nation since the Civil War. It will ultimately destroy the unique culture of America; it will destroy the financial solvency of America; it represents an utter contempt for American democracy and the will of the people; and it is the beginning of the end of the very idea of America as a sovereign nation. It also represents as you have said the ruin of the Republican party as a viable force, leaving this country in the hands of unabashed leftists. The only hope for the Republican party and for the nation is for the Republicans in Congress to take the course you recommended they take last summer in taking a strong and principled stand against this bill, a stand that would be supported by the majority of the American people.Stephen T. writes:
You can count on other sources lining up to shoulder this $5000 for the Mexicans so they won’t have to cough it up themselves. It’s not hard to envision Bush’s big business interests, employers such as WalMart, etc, falling over themselves to arrange interest-free payroll deduction loans spread out over 10 years or some period so lengthy as to make the payments virtually painless. I’d be surprised if there hasn’t already been some sort of back room understanding about this—so great is the desire among the ruling elite to fill this country with passive, subsistence-wage Mestizo Mexicans.David B. writes:
Yesterday, I listened to Rush Limbaugh briefly. He again said, “I don’t understand these Republicans. The liberals, I do understand.” He was discussing the legalize-them-all bill.LA replies:
I wonder how any serious conservative bear listening to him. I have another friend who’s always telling me, “Rush said this, Rush said that.” Always frustrated with Rush, but keeps listening to him, year after year.David replies:
I rarely listen to Limbaugh, but I wanted to hear what he would say about this latest destroy-America bill. Most days he is unbearable, as you say. He is either cheerleading for the GOP or making tired jokes about the Clintons and other easy targets. On Thursday, he was strangely defensive, and complained that his listeners were attacking him for a “softball” interview of Tony Snow. Snow had come on the program to defend the administration.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 18, 2007 02:20 PM | Send