Chuck Grassley, Senator since 1985, has long discussed the error of the 1986 amnesty.
The problem with any amnesty, is that you refill the bucket within a year or two. Unless you go after the cause of the issue....actual American citizens who are employing the illegals and just looking the other way or pretending they didn’t know better. If you put around 10k of them into legal consequences...you’d suddenly see illegals dry up and have no occupation within the US.
We need to crack down on illegals making up or stealing SS numbers. This is a winning issue - people are afraid of identity theft.
Ping for later
The real lesson here: THEY CHEAT!
The DEMOCRATS cheat. So do RINOs.
The ILLEGALS cheat.
Their EMPLOYERS cheat.
The ONLY solution that could WORK would be complete and strict enforcement of ALL immigration laws.
Fat chance of that.
Applause for this speech from Grassley.
THE GOOD: “legalization should 1) be consistent with U.S. interests; and 2) the program should not encourage further undocumented migration. The Commission believed that a legalization program should [***]not begin[***] until new enforcement measures have been instituted. The commission knew then as I did and as I know now that without more effective enforcement, legalization could serve as a stimulus to further illegal entry.
THE BAD: “Over the years, many members offered amendments to water down the enforcement provisions in the Immigration Reform and Control Act.”
AND THE UGLY TRUTH: “Unfortunately, the same principles from 1986 are being discussed today. Legalize now, enforce later. But, its clear that philosophy doesnt work.”
I hate being lied to. I didn’t like it when they called immigration reform a “one-time” fix in order to sell it duplicitously, and I didn’t like it when the first Stimulus package was sold the same way.
Congress has often been compared to heroin junkies, and it is true. Every fix is the last one and the most urgent one. Those who see the longer-term picture are called obstructionists. I hate that, too.
I love Chuck Grassley and he is right but what he either does not realize or cannot say is that the Mexican govt does not want border security. They have an agreement with the highest level of our govt to allow the safety valve to stay open. We have agreed to absorb the underclass of their country so they don’t have to reform. In addition if the flow of illegals was truly stopped and no money was being sent home to Mexico the Mexican GDP would fall by about 40%.
No immigration/ammnesty is going to involve securing the southern border of America and Mexico. Its not going to happen no matter what they tell us. It could be done tomorrow, it could have been done 10 years ago and 10 years from now we will still be talking about securing the border and another 10 million will have come here.