Excellent columns from yesterday and today on NRO as to the KylBush Amnesty fiasco. Here are many from among my favorites:
DON’T BE FOOLED
By Heather Mac Donald
…There is no ambiguity about the effects of amnesty. Everywhere they have been introduced–including in Europe–they have brought in their train a new flood of illegals. This latest bill will do the same.
A LEMON IN THE SENATE
By George J. Borjas
Although the details of the immigration deal are sketchy, it seems to contain a number of key provisions:
1. Amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants.
2. A guest-worker program that will admit 400,000 workers each year.
3. Vague promises of border enforcement sometime in the future.
4. A proposed change in the legal immigration system, away from the family preferences that now dominate the system and towards a point system that rewards skills.
Any “reform” that gives amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants without taking care of the underlying illegal-immigration problem is a lemon. After all, what guarantees that the current batch of 12 million illegal immigrants will not be replaced by another 12 million in just a few years? What guarantees that guest workers will not stay illegally in the United States after their visa expires? What guarantees that border enforcement will be taken seriously by the Bush administration in the next two years or by the Democratic administration after that?
A senseless giveaway on immigration
By Brian Darling
“Sellout.” It may be harsh, but it’s the most accurate and succinct way to sum up how conservatives feel right now about President Bush and Senate Republicans, who have cut a deal that would grant amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. — not to mention the parents, spouses, and children of these illegals.
Title VI of a draft copy of the bill breaks down amnesty visas into three categories:
Z-1 — Illegal aliens present and working in the United States up to Jan. 1, 2007.
Z-2 — Parents and spouses of illegal aliens qualifying under the Z-1 category.
Z-3 — Children of illegal aliens qualifying under the Z-1 category.
These “Z Visa” holders can stay in the “Z” status indefinitely, which means they never have to pursue “a pathway to citizenship.” They also would be able to get Social Security numbers and benefit from some welfare programs. Shockingly, there is no cap on the numbers of amnesty recipients in the draft language. The only thing the Z Visa holder can’t do is vote — until, that is, a liberal judge declares this limitation unconstitutional or until a liberal president can railroad through a “technical corrections” bill…
By Rich Lowry
No matter what you call it, it’s amnesty…
CAPITULATION, NOT COMPROMISE
One bad deal, anyway you slice it.
By James R. Edwards, Jr.
The U.S. Senate is again itching for an amnesty and a reckless increase in permanent and temporary immigrants.
Several senators, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez have just finished negotiating behind closed doors. Their goal: a “compromise” immigration bill.
What they’ve produced is more capitulation than compromise. It gives alien lawbreakers what they came to steal: a U.S. job and U.S. residency.
The usual pro-amnesty suspects joined the Bush officials, such as Fla. Sen. Mel Martinez, the unlikely head of the Republican National Committee (a trial lawyer as well as advocate of open borders). But several usually law-and-order senators joined in, including Arizona’s good senator, Jon Kyl.
AND, THEN THERE IS THIS DISTURBING CONTRIBUTION, which points are made — so you’d think — Republican leadership MIGHT have thought through a while ago, but no-o-o-o-o, apparently not, based upon the KylBush McKennedy legislation disasters. The ugly conclusion, otherwise, is that Republican leadership HAS thought these points through and acted, as Anonymous says, accordingly (my best guess):
ROVE’S GIFT TO THE DEMOCRATS?
The future on a silver platter.
By Anonymous (“…a Democratic political consultant in California…”)
Recently, as Congress debated an immigration “reform” proposal, a memorandum on official Democratic National Committee stationary was retrieved from a trash can on South Capitol Street in Washington, D.C. This memo was faxed around the country and in time reached California. Although coffee stains covered most of the salutation, it appeared to read, “From: H. Dean. TO: HRC.” However, the rest of the memo was intact and perfectly clear.
Democrats: burning down America (and RINOs eager to assist them).