Friday, June 15, 2007

It Lives!

Just as Michelle Malkin and other commentators warned, the illegal alien amnesty has arisen from the grave. The Houston Chronicle reported this morning that
"Senate leaders, under intense pressure from immigrant-rights groups, the business sector and the White House, agreed Thursday on a plan to revive an immigration bill sidetracked last week by partisan clashes and conservative opposition.


The move to offer the downpayment on border and interior enforcement marks an attempt to quell a revolt by Americans bombarding senators with angry phone calls, e-mails and faxes. Their message: We've got no faith that you'll actually enforce the law or increase border security.

Well, yes, that is precisely the point. Every time our elected representatives in Washington do something about the "immigration problem" it seems they only try to make it easier for undesirable illegal aliens to get citizenship. No wonder that the American people do not trust Congress on this issue, considering how many times we have been told that enforcement will happen, yet somehow, as Malkin has documented, illegal aliens still are able to game the system to get multiple chances- something not even US citizens receive from the courts. Is US citizenship something that ought to be given away to anyone who thinks they deserve it?

It seems to me that we need to make it much more of a privilege. We already make those who are willing to come here legally go through a very painful process. What exactly is the rationale in putting illegal aliens, who by definition have already broken our laws, before those who have patiently stood in line? Legal immigrants are very welcome, but I have no sympathy whatsoever for illegal aliens. Their countries certainly do not extend the privileges they are asking for to illegal aliens back home. Why should we extend rights to people who have not done anything to earn them, and who have shown their contempt for our laws by their very behavior in coming here illegally?

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