We have a very good example of this type of operation going on at the present with our illegal immigration situation. As you might remember, we have had two schools of thought dividing the country on immigration which centered around a priority addressing immigration reforms for the left or liberal sector and a priority centered around border security which tended to be the focus of the right or conservative sector of our population. Now we have the “Gang of Eight” a cross-pollination of left and right proposing a new immigration program which addresses both aspects supposedly. Suddenly, we need to support and approve this measure and forget our original positions because “this is what most Americans really want”. We have no real proof of that fact but it sounds good when they say it on the radio and television and it gives the impression that finally Washington is beginning to work across the aisle again.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, those of us on the right should be rather disappointed that some of our key conservative representatives have latched on to this legislation because it brings hope to the conservative side of the aisle for the Latino vote in future elections. I find that very doubtful myself.
The plan is being sold as “addressing both sides of the issue” by passing legislation which will create reform while at the same time shoring up our faltering border security. We are told that the reform will be rigid and difficult requiring a term of 13 years to engage the issue of citizenship and gain the benefits thereof. On top of that, during that timeframe, those here illegally will have to work, pay taxes, and various fees associated with citizenship applications, etc. Meanwhile, the security of our borders will be improved including possibly the continuation of fencing on our southern border. All of this is painted against a backdrop of “how miserably bad our current program is today” and that seems to be the fulcrum which will lever this legislation into place much to the chagrin of the liberal left.
Keep in mind that the things which are bad about today’s immigration program are primarily our out of control illegal immigrant population which has been allowed to flourish because those elected to seats in Washington have not been willing to firm up our borders in the past decades. Now we are faced with approximately 15 million or more illegals who we find all but impossible to deport so we will find a way to qualify them to stay here legally and then define a path to citizenship for them. All they have to do is prove that they have been here for at least five years to qualify. The rest…they go back…supposedly.
Now let’s just assume that this legislation passes in its current form and the amnesty and path to citizenship are created. The reforms are basically in place and now require monitoring and safeguarding to make sure that compliance is achieved. How much larger do you suppose the federal government must grow to accommodate such monitoring and processing. Obviously, it is not of that accommodating size today for they cannot keep up with the 15 million illegals rambling about the country and receiving benefits. So, reform requires an even larger federal composite and more expense associated with immigration. At the same time, we have to begin the physical process of carrying out the border security side of the legislation—again more money, more people and time. The money available to secure the border is being leveraged by the funds required to enlarge the government to monitor and process the current illegals.
With the legislation in law, the liberal element begins to cry about all the money being “wasted on fences, etc. on our southern border” just as it did in the past and successfully shut down after the right lost both chambers of the Congress in the mid-term 2006 elections. Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, and other far left types begin to parade the drive-by media with cry-baby stories of how all these folks on reform are working so hard toward citizenship and how unfair it is that they cannot vote during that process because they just want to be part of the process and do not want to wait for it all to be legal to be a part of the American experience. We so need to change the laws. Bang! Both parties run forward to support reforming the reforms in a foot-race to gain the Latino vote in the next election. Keep in mind, all of this could play out before the mid-term 2014 elections.
And there you have it. The American people have once again sat back and listened to someone else tell them what they think. They have been focused on “reform” rather than security and convinced that securing our borders is a waste of time if we cannot reform our means to become a citizen. Really? Where is the urgency here if all involved are willing to wait thirteen years before someone can even enter the legal citizenship process? Do you really believe for one minute that reform legislation will stand as is when hungry and desperate politicians are looking for votes? If you do, you are most certainly a candidate for some Florida swampland and a bridge to nowhere.
The conservative focus has been on border security. The focus needs to remain on border security now and in the future. When those representing the conservative viewpoint begin to horse-trade with the reform crowd, they lose and they lose quickly. The lure of gaining the Latino vote through the appearance of compromise on reform is simply the carrot which the left has dangled to get their way. Reform is far easier to achieve conceptually than is the physical and technological effort necessary to gain security on the border. The security aspect will die as soon as the left cashes in on the Latino vote in the next election process, and, it will happen. The conservatives will be sitting in the seats wondering what happened and our border will still be a problem.
Our primary problem in many ways in this country is border security, not only from the standpoint of the illegal cross-border flow of immigrants in the south but also in terms of potential terrorism and in terms of the flow of illegal drugs and arms. Security is the highest priority and cannot be achieved over some twenty or thirty year period with any hope of being effective or successful. Once we give up that focus and compromise toward reform, we are dooming the entire country to the potential pitfalls which can only result in more and more chaos and tragedy in this nation. Our borders must be secured and it must be done quickly and effectively. Then, and only then, do we need to talk of the issues of reform. To approach it any other way is to make border security a secondary issue and potential a throwaway issue based on simple political preference. Never lose sight of the fact that it is the left which is always attempting to find a voter imbalance in a right-leaning population distribution and always loading up the welfare and the “gimme” rolls to buy the necessary votes to do so. To bargain with that mindset is to deal in stupidity; a plain and simple fact.
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