18 May 2007

Quick Thought on Immigration Reform

Senate members and the President's folks hashed out an immigration "reform" bill, or something of that nature, it was announced yesterday. As I was driving for quite some time yesterday, I was able to listen to a few different points of view (albeit all conservative) on the measure, details of which are still coming out.

My first, though certainly not my last, impression is one of wonder: why must there be a law or laws enacted when there are already laws in place? One quote that I heard yesterday (though I can't recall who said it) was that this bill will "restore the rule of law." If there are already laws on the books covering immigration and setting out penalties for illegal immigration, why does it take another law to "restore" them?

Also, it appears that the latest "reform" calls for greater border protection. Wasn't this also the promise in the 1986 amnesty bill? Why should Americans believe that something will be different with this law? Right along with that is the thought that granting amnesty (which the 2007 bill grants, no matter what euphemistic title is used by advocates of the bill) will help solve the exploding illegal population. Nearly 3 million illegals were granted amnesty in 1986. 20 years later, amnesty is being considered for an estimated 12 million illegals (and the number may be as high as 20 million). That's at least a 400% increase in 20 years. If insanity consists of repeating the same action while expecting different results, this bill falls within the bounds.

And finally, there's the idea, mainly on the Left, that giving preference to immigrants with higher skill levels is discriminatory to lower-skilled would-be immigrants. Of course it is. When a country has the luxury to choose who enters the country, it has the option to pick who it wants to pick. There is no God-given right to entry into the US. Many, if not most, other countries are very picky about who they let in. The US should be no different.

It was nice to see that Senator Cornyn walked away from the immigration deal, as well as some other senators. My hope at the moment is that the rule of law be enforced before any new laws, and certainly any amnesty, is considered and passed. Enforcement is the way to "restore the rule of law," not passing yet another law.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Good article. I am still amazed/confused at the idea of giving a free pass to folks who have been in the country illegally...excuse me, as "undocumented" workers.