“Amnesty wrapped in bureaucracy surrounded by fraud”

The execrable immigration bill that had been making the rounds in the Senate has died. Congressman J. D. Hayworth made a statement yesterday on the bill that pretty neatly sums it up:

The Senate compromise is so convoluted, so complicated, and so unworkable that is surely must have been the work of Senators Rube and Goldberg.

This is déjà vu all over again. The 1986 amnesty law had a similar approach, and that was a catastrophe. It said if you could prove you did agricultural work for just 90 days a year for the previous three years, you would qualify for a green card. The number of those applying for this benefit was three times higher than expected, largely because of fraud, which was rampant. The Senate bill would likewise be vulnerable to fraud on a grand scale and be a nightmare to administer. It is amnesty wrapped in bureaucracy surrounded by fraud.

(H/T The Corner on NRO)

4 thoughts on ““Amnesty wrapped in bureaucracy surrounded by fraud””

  1. Granting amnesty is like that TV commercial about refinancing where the debt-ridden consumer exhales at the end and declares, “Now, thanks to so-and-so, I’m debt free!” No, you’re not. You’ve just shifted your debt to another creditor. Similarly, the government, by granting amnesty, shifts an embarrassing number of people from the box labeled “illegal” to the one labeled “legal.” Problem solved. Except that they will keep coming. And it’s unfair to grant amnesty when so many others wait their turn to immigrate legally. What’s so wrong about requiring people to abide by the law? An immigrant should be granted residency if he can (1) demonstrate some special skill that benefits the country, or (2) demonstrate that he is being persecuted in his home country or is denied basic human rights, or (3) prove that he will not become a burden on the state or (4) bring with him a substantial amount of money to invest, such that it will lead to the creation of jobs or add value. A child born to an illegal immigrant should not acquire American citizenship solely on account of the fact that he was born within the U.S. Is this so radical?

  2. If the boarder isn’t locked down all their lame
    laws won’t do squat… Put the N/G on the border
    and if they still wan’t to comem, try the front
    door!!!! At the same time we need to put limits
    on how many we let in…

  3. I, for one, took the time to the two senators from California and the representative from my area. I had to forget about the rep., since he’s pro-agriculture and wants agricultural workers for the farmers, regardless of their legal status. Dianne Feinstein wrote back stating she was against blanket immigration, yet she co-authored a bill two weeks ago to pave the way to citizenship for farmworkers. What’s the point of having laws?

  4. Unfortunately, John McCain’s term doesn’t expire until 2011, but regardless, since the Arizona GOP has enough good sense to nominate Kyl for the other Senate seat, I’d like to believe Hayworth could bump off McCain in a primary.

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