The coroner has been called. He’s on his way to examine CIR, the Corpse of Immigration Reform. We should know in another month or two.
Greg isn’t the only one, or the first one, but his article is the only one I saved. I don’t know why. Never even met him.
CIR’s demise hasn’t become enough of a certainty to shut down the fund raisers. (“Pelosi pushing amnesty again”, emailed September 26. “they are ready to get the ball rolling NOW while America at-large remains distracted with the ObamaCare defunding fight! ”)
MAPA (Mexican American Political Association) is happy. They are campaigning against CIR, Raul Contreras reports. Their reason: it mandates E-verify, militarizes the border, and will only legalize a fraction of today’s undocumented immigrants. Raul says E-verify shouldn’t be that big a deal because when it falsely reports that a citizen is not a citizen, he can always appeal.
Bob Quasius, founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans, is “not happy with all aspects of the gang of eight immigration reform....I’m also not keen about e-verify....U.S. citizens who are unlucky enough to be the subject of errors in government databases, and their employers, can expect to spend weeks dealing with mammoth bureaucracies to get errors fixed!”
Actually, “weeks” is a bit optimistic. The average processing time for resolving disputes with the Social Security Administration, if the error is complex enough to require a hearing, (the SSA database is central to E-Verify) is 378 days. As of 6/28/13. But the SSA is proud of themselves for bringing it down from 514 days in 2008. I wonder what it might rise to, if E-Verify is mandated across America?
Quasius said travelers leaving the U.S. who want to return through CIR’s new biometric scanners will have to have their biometrics recorded as they leave, and “this will impose delays on all travelers exiting the U.S.”
“However, all-in-all, the gang of eight immigration reform plan would be a big improvement over the present situation. ...It may also be easier for Congress to act in the future with the most contentious issue – legalization – behind us. We should all back the gang of eight immigration reform plan....”
It seems optimistic to hope that it will become easier, later, to fix problems which Congress may not even bring to a vote now, after CIR has seemed to have more momentum than it has had for 27 years. If something at all passes with the slightest facade of being comprehensive, won’t another quarter century go by with Congress telling itself that immigration has been fixed? Won’t we have a better hope of finally healing immigration law, if nothing passes this year so that the pressures of reality build?
Except that even under greater pressure from reality, activists and immigrants who care about immigration law will need to organize a lot better than they have so far, or, I fear, immigration law will never be healed. Explaining how and why is the purpose of this article.
I have written about the “how” - the mechanics of grassroots influence – before. I laid out a vision of an organization able to heal the laws. [November 16, 2012]
I described how immigrants can force Americans to stop oppressing them. [March 26, 2012] I described how immigrants are being heard even though they are only “whispering”, to make the point how effective they would be, if they “shouted” - if they really got organized. [July 6, 2012]
Continued next week: Part Two, CIR problems that are too politically frightening to utter