It looks like, for now, some sort of immigration bill will be passed. If passed, it will almost certainly contain some sort of amnesty provision. It is therefore not an immigration bill so much as it is an Amnesty Bill, since we are ignoring the millions of people who want to immigrate here legally but can’t because our horrendous immigration system would rather let in a poor, unskilled, uneducated Guatemalan than an Indian engineer or an Irish doctor.
There came a time in the American Civil War when the Confederacy’s best general, Robert E. Lee, and his small army were the only things holding off the flood of Union troops commanded by US Grant from storming the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. Lee had his men stretched out for dozens of miles, dug into an elaborate series of trenches to hold off the Yankees. Then Grant brought up one more division of troops, outflanked the whole of Lee’s lines, and Lee was forced to retreat from Richmond. Within three months Lee would surrender at Appomattox and the Civil War effectively came to an end.
Now, I don’t want to be comparing Conservatives or Libertarians or Republicans to the Confederates, especially since Grant would later be elected president as a Republican, but we have to face the cold hard reality: the other side has won.
The Democrats played a better game, they were thinking three moves ahead, and they are now in a position where they are going to do something that will have repercussions for generations. A major historical landmark is about to be passed, and we who oppose it are virtually powerless to stop it. It’s not because we fought for the wrong side or that our ideas were flawed or our motives were “evil”; it’s not even because we don’t have enough people on our side, most Americans do not and will not like what is about to happen. But that silent majority wasn’t vocal enough in their opposition and we who were vocal, our calm, collected logic and reason was drowned out by the emotional hysteria of the Liberals and Progressives. No, the elites (both Republicans and Democrats), the Ruling Class who are ignorant of the realities on the ground as they legislate our lives from their ivory tower, decided that it would not adversely affect their lives to let 11 million people into the country illegally and then legalize them.
If we are to be honest with ourselves, the idea that tens of millions of people in the United States illegally could be deported has not been a realistic one for at least a decade. The result which is now about to be reached is one which was in many respects inevitable; that does not mean it is a good result. Only history will answer that question. So while the end is soon to be reached, and the outcome cannot now be significantly changed, that does not mean we have to give up hope and let Liberals and pro-illegal immigration advocates have everything they want. There is still a political process, one of give and take, and since we are giving quite a lot we should try to take a little.
First of all, I think it is worth throwing in my own plan for a “path to citizenship”:
The illegal aliens who are here will become eligible for citizenship in seven years’ time. Between now and then, we hold a national “witch hunt” for illegal aliens…that is anyone arrested for any felony or serious misdemeanor (anything with more than a 6 month jail term or let’s say a $5,000 fine) shall be deported upon conviction. And when I say deported, I mean flown to Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport and left there, unless they have documents to prove they are not originally from Argentina. In case you were wondering, that airport is near the extreme southern tip of Argentina, or about as far away from the United States as possible; the Argentineans will go along with this in exchange for our “support” of their territorial claims on the Falkland Islands.
During these 7 years we begin construction of a controlled border. Fences in some places, walls in others, anti-vehicle barriers in parts, and booby-traps, land mines, machine gun posts, tank traps, and moats in the worst places. Once we have a controlled border (ensuring those whom we deport cannot return and ensuring more do not enter), then we can let all those whom remain join the “back of the line” (to use the President’s term) and begin the process to become citizens. If my solution is implemented correctly, only those whom are truly here to work hard and improve their lot in life will remain, while the criminals have been disposed of.
Of course that will never happen, for a variety of reasons, so let’s look at some realistic things we should try to harangue out of the oh-so-compassionate Democrats.
- A Constitutional Amendment (or in this case, an amendment to an amendment). Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, I just got done with saying we should look at things we can realistically achieve and I start with a constitutional amendment? Bear with me. We demand that a clause be put into the new immigration law which says the whole act is void within 5 years if a new amendment is not ratified within that same time period. The specifics of the amendment will be as follows: that bit in the XIV Amendment saying “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Now, it only applies to people born before 1865 or to people with at least one biological parent with US Citizenship.
- Have as part of the Amnesty Bill a clause making it illegal for any of the amnestied citizens or any future illegal aliens to receive any public assistance of any kind. No social security, no welfare, no Medicare, no nothing. Tough love; they should be thankful they get to stay in the country and work for a living like the rest of us. And pay taxes like the rest of us too.
- Include in the Amnesty Bill clauses imposing strict requirements for employers to ascertain citizenship status of anyone they seek to employ and harsh punishments for employers who fail to do so or employ illegal aliens.
And that’s all. Notice I am not asking for anything about the border to be done in my three requests from Democrats.
If those three things can be passed with the Amnesty Bill, then I remain hopeful for the future. The Former Slave Loophole (i.e. the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment) can be closed and the magnets which for more than three decades have been drawing tens of millions of people here illegally can be removed. If these three things can be extracted from the Democrats, then we won’t really need to do anything about the border. If you’re an illegal alien and you know you won’t be able to get a job or public monies in the United States, what reason have you to come in the first place?
The simple fact is that unless we do something to stop the people coming here, then amnesty will not accomplish anything other than ensure the Democrats have about 11 million new voters in the next election, and every election subsequent.
To do nothing about the border and pass amnesty would be the same as a man being brought into the hospital having been shot five times and the doctors remove his infected appendix as he bleeds to death.