Thursday, January 29, 2004

Like I said a few weeks ago, I agree with the President's new immigration proposal in principle, but I have serious reservations about its lax enforcement guidelines. Despite the plan's flaws, it is far more sensible than the idiotic reforms unveiled by the Democrats yesterday.

The Bush plan essentially boils down to a prolonged, delayed form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, which in most cases would require them to return to their home countries for a brief period of time before re-entering the US legally under a guest worker program, with an option to apply for permanent residence. In contrast, the Democrats' plan is an immediate amnesty program, much like the disastrous reforms of 1986 that led to the mushrooming migration problem currently plaguing the country. It calls for establishing permanent residency for illegal aliens who've been in the US for an as yet unspecified period of time, curtailing certain types of deportation orders, offering in-state tuition to illegal aliens who wish to attend college, and allowing permanent residents to sponsor relatives who already reside here illegally. In a nutshell, this is the mother lode of giveaways for illegals.

If moderates thought the President's plan was a tad on the generous side, what makes the Democrats think they can win votes by having a Fire Sale? Are they that desperate to corral another minority constituency? On a personal note, why did I spend the last 5 years dutifully following the immigration laws as a legal resident alien? I could have just slipped into the country undetected, then waited for the Democrats to give me a green card.

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