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Subject: On Possible Immigration Legislation
(Wed., May 22, 2013)
(approx. 295 words, 1 pp.)
Time to get real?
Fence first, new bill second?
On possible immigration legislation: Clearly without securing the border first, no immigration bill means much of anything? The last time around there was a trade of amnesty and even citizenship for securing the border, and we are still waiting for the secure border
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Unless and until the fence or other measures are up and working for 2, 3, 4 years, we should not even consider "amnesty"? Further even if we do amnesty at some point, it should not consider, it would seem, any path to citizenship, ever. That path is legal immigration, which the illegals have chosen to ignore, but we indeed might want to have permanent legal status for certain illegals that meet certain requirements or pay whatever fines or whatever the law eventually requires, etc., and we can even have a national debate on these requirements as we secure the border over the next 2, 3 or 4 years. End of problem.
Quite simply, if the Left is truly serious about securing the border in some new piece of legislation, then they will be more than willing to do that before we legislate anything else, but if they are not really serious about securing the border, they will not be willing to have it done first? In short, "fence first" is a test of their good faith, this second time around.
Again, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. It would seem the far Left today (aka, the Democrat Party) wants to trade a promise for a future secure border for a current path to actual citizenship, no less. Surely they jest?