On first appraisal, the amnesty/immigration bill before the Senate looks pretty bad.
It also looks like a massive venture in deception.
All the bill requires is that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit a “strategy” for securing the border, then certify that steps to implement this are “commencing.” These paper pledges would trigger the processing of applications for “provisional immigrant” status that would in essence legalize illegals.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) submitted an amendment to the bill saying the border must demonstrably be secure before the legalization of illegals can happen. This was summarily rejected by a vote of 57-to-43, refusing to put into the bill the very thing its backers say is in it.
The main spokesman telling us the bill is an exercise in “toughness” voted to make sure it wasn’t. Rubio explicitly said, “first comes legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border.”
the bill itself says in so many words that a lack of border security is expected by its sponsors, since provision is made for that very outcome. The legislation says that if, five years out, the border is not secure, a special commission will be set up to look into the matter (a commission that, on the language of the bill, would be toothless).
Also, even if border security could somehow be established, that wouldn’t remedy the countless defects of the legislation. It is shot through with provisos that would swell the number of aliens on a “path to citizenship” to three or four times the 11 million illegals now in the country (if that is in fact the true number) . Most obvious of these are “chain immigration” aspects that will bring in and legalize the spouses and children of illegals, but there are many others of like nature.
One such is a “blue card” (temporary, eight- year) work visa, which might not be a problem in itself, but links to other features. Once here, these workers could qualify for “provisional” immigrant status, just like the illegals, and thus get on the citizenship pathway also. Further, if a future illegal gets apprehended, he can escape removal by requesting “blue card” status for up to two and a half years after the rule is final. Thus, hesto-presto, would future illegals be made legal. Riddled with clauses that would help illegals avoid removal, get into the country to begin with, seek “provisional” status, apply for naturalization, ask stays of judgment, and game the system in general. One of the words appearing most often in the bill is “waiver,” closely followed by “appeals,” “stays,” “reviews,” and “exceptions”
The bill sets up a fund, amounting to $50 million (with more money to be added as needed), to represent illegals in every phase of the process – seeking provisional immigration status, filing appeals, blocking efforts at deportation, obtaining naturalization, and so on.
And who might be the people funded by this $50 million? They will be –surprise – non-profit “immigrant-serving” organizations “whose staff has demonstrated qualifications, experience and expertise in providing quality services to immigrants.”
Sources—stantion evans, senator grassley