Is there a reason the dialog on illegal immigration is not about the illegality of the immigrants’ actions? Why does the media refer to law breakers as undocumented?
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, boasted the Congress would eventually cave on the issue because Congressmen want to be re-elected. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, said Republicans’ desire to “win a presidential race” would guide them toward supporting some version of the legislation.
Why is political survival a legitimate reason to pass a bill that rewards illegal behavior?
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), passed in 1986 and legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had continuously resided in the country. Three million illegal immigrants received amnesty supposedly paid a fine, paid back taxes, and pleaded guilty.
Part of that law also required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status., made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants, and legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants. Another part of the law called for securing the borders that, as we all know, never happened.
So why do Senators and Congressmen want to create another law? Why not enforce the current law? Why should we believe any politician that promises something will be done that has not been done in 27 years?
According to a U.S. State Department report, there were more than 4.4 million people waiting for green cards as of Nov. 1. “The State Department does not count immigrants already in the U.S. with green-card applications pending. Including those, the total number of people waiting could be as high as 5.5 million, experts say,” according to a June 23 USA Today article
The media fills the airwaves with the presumption all Americans want to legalize illegal behavior to be fair to the poor law breakers. What I have not seen or heard is the fairness of giving unlawful people a path to citizenship when lawful people have waited decades to achieve.
I think we should we should support those trying to gain citizenship the right way and not the wrong way.