Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Restatement of My Immigration Bill Criticism
Even if the Bill stated that a 200' tall, 10' thick wall made of stainless steel with a 60' wide moat dug that contained sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads be built and dug across both borders, it would still be a bad bill.
Even if capitol punishment were involved in voluntarily hiring illegal aliens, the bill would not suffice.
And to top it off, even if all costs were forcibly extracted and paid for from profits from John Edward's hedge fund and pirate booty, it would still not be enough.
The problem is that there is no belief that any enforcement provision that is passed will actually be enforced, NONE! This applies to existing laws and to future laws. Nothing written into a bill can solve this. No amount of words can regain this trust.
In addition, I would make the argument that the actual situation is made worse because immigration laws are often capriciously enforced on the few occasions that they are enforced, which can breed cynicism and contempt in the immigrant population. Talk to a few local attorneys about this issue, about how some seemingly good intentioned immigrants are punished disproportionately to illegals who actually are criminals. There is not really any rhyme or reason from month to month who will get punished or let go. Capriciousness can be worse that simply not enforcing the laws.
The only way to fix this is to pass a few enforcement provisions that do not contain "comprehensive" elements and enforce them stringently and consistently. Or even perhaps begin to enforce existing law. Were this done, and done in an effective, timely manner, then a whole new argument can be opened up for amnesty, amnesty lite, and other overall reforms. There would be support out there for it. Hell, I might even support some of it.
What the Rasmussen poll shows is that people are wise to the empty promises of the last congress, and more importantly, to this one.
The bill is dead. It's just a question of who it takes down with it.
Posted by Framer at 5:22 PM