Once upon a time, Congress stood for America and just laws. Now the White House, assorted troublemakers or lawmakers proclaim a group of solutions, i.e. environment, guns, immigration and health to name a few, label them comprehensive reforms and liberals line up to write new laws. One problem is no one knows exactly what is in the proposals, how much they will actually cost or what unnecessary add-ons are included to buy votes.
A better way of doing the nation’s business would be to take matters, such as deporting illegal immigrants, and ask Congress to vote yes or no. The same could be done with E-verify. Put each proposal on the table piecemeal and let the public, and lawmakers, know exactly who is voting for what.
Proponents expect the House to take up comprehensive immigration reform by October. Speaking in Chantilly, Va., recently Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said there are already 40 to 50 House Republicans in support of comprehensive immigration reform, with another 185 to 190 Democrats on board.
A Democratic staffer said the House proposal will probably include about half of what is in the already passed Senate bill. Some Republicans are demanding tougher enforcement. For example, senators added $46 billion in new spending on drones, helicopters and other technology, a doubling of agents patrolling the border with Mexico and hundreds of miles of new fencing to bring conservatives on board.
Of course the 1986 comprehensive immigration bill called for hundreds of miles of border fencing and a biometric entry-exit system at U.S. ports. It never happened. That law did provide amnesty for 3 million illegals. It worked so will, the United States has what the most conservative estimates claim are 11 million illegal or undocumented persons in the country today.
President Obama’s failure to enforce immigration law has not won him many fans or much trust. “We all take an oath to uphold the laws of this country and our Constitution, and that doesn’t mean you pick the laws you like and you ignore the laws you don’t,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who heads the Republican Study Committee in the House.
Still others on the religious left claim America has some sort of moral obligation to provide the same rights U.S. citizens enjoy to people who sneak into the country illegally and take well-paying construction or engineering jobs from Americans.
The religious left is also in the fray. The latest such voice is Theodore McCarrick, who the Washington Post correctly identified as archbishop emeritus of Washington. The newspaper might have mentioned he is also a Counselor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Cardinal points out these criminals “pay billions into the Social Security system each year — helping to keep it solvent — and billions more in sales, property and other taxes.” If they are neither citizens nor green-card holders, how are they paying Social Security taxes? Fraud? Identity theft?
McCarrick calls for a House bill that includes “an earned path to citizenship for undocumented workers and their families.” This seems reasonable, but what about the millions of poor people in Africa, Asia and South America who line up at embassies seeking legal entry into the United States and a shot at the American dream. Why should these dreamers be refused in favor of up to 50 million Central American, Mexicans and H-1B visa abusers who are breaking the law?