Amnesty Or Doing Nothing: Why Are Those Our Only Options?

Over at the WAPO, they’ve done an incredibly dishonest editorial about immigration that unfortunately mirrors so much of the debate,

EVEN DRACONIAN measures like the one adopted in Arizona are not going to make 11 million immigrants already illegally here in this country magically disappear, let alone address this country’s dysfunctional immigration system. Neither is President Obama’s decision, announced this week, to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that appears motivated at least as much by election-year political anxiety as by genuine security concerns. After all, illegal cross-border entries are down significantly in the past two years, and so is violent crime in border states, as the administration itself has noted.

What would work is a multi-pronged approach like the one drafted by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), which would deploy new personnel and technology to the border, coupled with employment verification and a path to eventual legal status for undocumented immigrants already here. Unfortunately, the legislation, still in draft form, stands no chance unless it attracts a handful of Republican votes, which at the moment looks unlikely.

…Some Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), stand accused of doing the right thing for the wrong reason — pushing an immigration bill not to resolve the problem but to deal Republicans a political blow by outing them as anti-Hispanic. But Republicans do face a choice: Address the problem of illegal immigration by embracing this compromise or allow and encourage the nation to keep screaming about it. So far, it appears they prefer the screaming.

Isn’t it interesting that according to:  the:  Washington Post, there are only two choices: Pursue a comprehensive immigration plan or do nothing at all.

How is it that those are our only two options? After all, don’t politicians from both parties, even ones that favor amnesty, swear up and down that they really want to secure the border and prevent more illegals from coming to this country?

So, here’s a thought: How about we secure the border, put tough measures in place to prevent illegals from getting jobs, and enforce the law to the hilt? Then, once that’s done and the American people are convinced the problem isn’t going to continue no matter what we do, then we can get back together and discuss what to do with the illegal aliens that are still in this country.

Doesn’t that make sense? Since securing the border and preventing more illegals from coming is incredibly important and since every politician who gets asked about the issue claims that they support doing just that, why can’t we move forward on it and work out the more contentious problem later?

Why, if I weren’t such an honest and trusting fellow, I might suspect it’s because a lot of people don’t want to actually prevent more illegals from coming here. So, their strategy is to pursue comprehensive immigration reform and then make sure we get the amnesty that goes along with it while preventing the security measures from ever being implemented.

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