Usually, at least in times past I would do something fun on Fridays. But I have been asked to comment on the train wreck that is the immigration bill that passed the Senate in a 68-32 vote, the same vote that got it through the cloture. What is there to say really that you can’t read anywhere else. This bill is a nightmare for the American people and for the economy of the United States. You can’t have open borders and a loose immigration to citizen path and have a robust welfare state at the same time. It is a disaster for the economy and brings in unsavory people.
Fifty years ago, before 1965, immigrants were expected to sink or swim on their own when they came to this country. They would work like dogs and remain low on the socio-economic ladder, but they would be happy. The lives they did end up building, if they could cut it (about 30% of immigrants before 1965 went back to their countries of origin) were there to build a platform for successive generations. The second generation would have it better and by the third generation they were relatively high on the economic ladder. Such is the case with my cousin’s husband, whose Italian grandparents came here in the 1950’s and built a life for themselves in Chicago. By the way, he thinks this bill and proposed amnesty suck, because these people aren’t helping themselves, they’re here for a handout.
These people are coming to the United States and will ultimately burden the welfare system of this country and their offspring and future generations, for the large majority, will never return home because they will have found a system they can milk and deceive to get benefits from. Why leave when the golden goose keeps taking other people’s gold and turning it into golden eggs for you? Exactly my point. This kind of thing has honestly caused the rise in illegals across the border and over staying their visas. You have an estimated 15-20 million illegal immigrants in this country when you add everyone up and you would turn them into citizens who could milk the system overnight. Wow.
The only real good thing about this bill is that it is nearly dead on arrival at the house. So many members of the house have mocked the bill and the senators that passed it I don’t see anyway for crybaby Boehner to build a bi-partisan coalition of republicans willing to turn their backs on their constituents on this matter. Almost all House Republicans say they want legislation that demonstrably enforces the law before legalization is given to millions of illegal immigrants. The Senate bill legalizes everyone at the start and then includes relatively soft triggers on enforcement in order for the path to citizenship to commence. It is a lot of bark and no bite. The bill even gives the Secretary, Napolitano, the option of not building any of the 700 miles of border fence the bill says is necessary to help stop illegal immigration. This was the same promise we were given in 1986; give us amnesty for 11 million illegals whose only crime was breaking federal law, and we’ll improve border security. Nearly thirty years later and they want us to swallow the same story. Fool me once…
I pray this bill goes down in flames and the Senators responsible for it are brought to voting justice by their constituents next time they come due for their popularity contests. Want to affect real immigration reform then demand it from your elected representation in Washington. If they won’t do it, vote them out and vote in someone who will.