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31 March 2006

Amnesty? What Amnesty?

Senator Arlen Specter on why his new immigration bill does not grant illegal immigrants amnesty:
"It is not amnesty because the undocumented aliens will have to pay a fine. They will have to pay back taxes. They will undergo a thorough background investigation. They will have to learn English. They will have to work for six years. And they will have to earn the status of staying in the country and the status of moving toward citizenship."
I think his quote must have been cut off, because what's obviously missing is the "or else..." part. I think the way that goes is "...or else they're just going to have to stay here as long as they want and never become a citizen which they aren't really interested in anyway. And the same goes for anyone else who sneaks into this country - you're just going to have to stay here as long as you like."

10 Comments:

Anonymous Derek Copold said...

He doesn't need an "or else" because the background investigation will never be very "thorough" and the English requirement will be minimal at best, if not ignored altogether. I mean the ICE can't even handle the load it has now. What makes anyone think they'll be able to process an additional 12-20 million people, plus their families?

March 31, 2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

It's such a joke...why do we even bother pointing it out...

March 31, 2006 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Ziel:
What a frustrating issue and the response/proposals coming out of Washington are absurd.
When McCain & Kennedy get together you've got to smell a rat.
What an incredible slap in the face to people who've sought citizenship the right way.
As you imply, very few of these folks are going to surface and "enter the program". Most send the majority of what they earn back home, live in maginal housing and eat fast food. They aren't paying fines or back taxes. This is another sham put forth by our President to try to simplistically correct/address a problem to the benefit of his party.
The argument that they are already so many here that we can't get them out can be applied to cancer and diabetes research: We've failed for so long, we might as well give up.
The answer, in my humble opinion, is not to legitimize criminals, thus encouraging others, but to demonstrate why illegal immigration is wrong & not productive. We haven't done that so far and the current environment suggests that we are not going to follow that course. I'm sure some border state presidential candidates (Richardson, Arnold?) are hating this debate as weak borders are their legacy.
I recently heard the argument against the 700 mile fence that it would not stop illegal immigration but just force the invaders to select more dangerous entry points, such as the desert, and more would die? Isn't that what you want to happen to invaders? They either don't invade or die trying?
The recent "pro immigration" demonstrations should have been a wake up call to the general public but were under publicized due to the "soft" conservative support of "some plan".
There is a valid issue regarding menial, manual labor and who would do it if we had no immigrants but that can be dealt with through legimiate, controlled work specific immigration laws. That, of course, would take a great deal of thought, work & effort. Unfotunately, those are three of our current President's weak points.
What shocks me is the lack of meaningful alternatives being thrown out by candidates, obvious or otherwise. Where are George Wallace or Lyndon Lerouche when you need them? Seriously, someone has to come up with a viable plan that doesn't equate to saying "you beat us, come and get it".
Harlem

March 31, 2006 7:59 PM  
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April 01, 2006 3:08 AM  
Anonymous steve_sailer_sent_me _here said...

Since ol' Arlen represents my state of Pennsyltucky (no offense to the fine state of Kentucky), I've often wondered why this guy is the Open Borders Immigration cheerleader #1.

And the only reason I can think of is, because, looking around this state (and by viewing the statistics), you see PA has hardly any third world immigrants. I mean it, there are relatively few Mexicans here. And the reason for that is that this state is such a hollowed out, post-industrial basket case that not even desperate, third world peasants want to live here. That, and because the people who live here are extremely grumpy and are hostile to outsiders, even ones who move here from neighboring states.

So immigration really isn't a big issue here, and politicians from this state like Spector don't really feel any heat to do anything about it.

See, that is the key to keeping illegal immigrants out of the U.S. For the entire United States to become just like Pennsylvania. In other words, one giant, economically broken down has-been, full of grumpy, miserable, self-loathing and extemely unfriendly people. Then, third world peasants won't want to live here.

April 01, 2006 6:50 AM  
Blogger Glaivester said...

I say, have a guest worker program, but require that all the guest workers be spayed or neutered, so they won't have any anchor babies.

April 02, 2006 8:23 AM  
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