Heading for Home or ... Amnesty: Though It Has Become Almost Awkwardly Apparent That Masses of Uneducated Immigrants Are Hurting America, More Amnesty Proposals Have Been Put in the Pipeline for Passage

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Here's a question many Members of Congress prefer to ignore: How many times do you have to be told "No amnesty for illegal immigrants?"


In 1986, Congress approved and President Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act that awarded 2.7 million illegal border crossers legal status and a path to citizenship. It was amnesty plain and simple. Supporters of the 1986 measure repeatedly assured fellow legislators and skeptical Americans that their new law would put an end to the growing numbers entering our nation illegally. But just the opposite occurred and border crossing into the United States increased dramatically. As the time-worn adage states, "Crime unpunished is crime rewarded." In fact, the crime was rewarded with six smaller amnesties since 1986 that added three million more illegal immigrants to our citizenry, according to Numbers USA. Partisans for amnesty refused to admit that the pardon they had given to some lawbreakers amounted to an invitation to others to follow in their wake. Millions acted on the reward gained by their predecessors.

As the number of illegals grew, their cost accelerated. Costs in the billions of dollars were borne by states impacted because of the invasion. More proposals to deal with the problem appeared. One estimate pegs the number of illegal entrants between 12 and 20 million and their cost at $2.6 trillion by way of food stamps, healthcare, housing, incarceration of criminals, etc., over the next decade.

Early in 2006, parades and demonstrations disrupted traffic in many cities across the United States. Millions of immigrants--some legally here but most lawbreaking border crossers--took to the streets to demand amnesty, continued benefits, and the acquisition by Mexico of several southwestern states. They flew Mexican flags, heaped scorn on Old Glory, chanted anti-American slogans, and gained the attention of the nation's mass media. The events produced an angry response from ordinary Americans.

So President George W. Bush took to the airwaves and promised to fix the problems caused by illegal immigration. He said there would be an electronic fence erected, 6,000 National Guard personnel would be sent to our southern border, efforts would be made to confront drug trafficking and other crimes, and there would be no amnesty.

The fence has been an almost laughable failure--little of it was funded. Some National Guard personnel were sent to the border region for a time but not placed along the border itself, drug trafficking has increased, and Bush urged Congress to pass the Kennedy-McCain comprehensive immigration bill. A new immigration measure with an amnesty provision gained passage in both houses of Congress, but it died when objections raised in a House-Senate conference committee led to its demise. In 2007, Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain introduced S. 1639, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The word "comprehensive" in this and subsequent proposals customarily means "amnesty," a word the promoters of this destructiveness always seek to hide. With key support from President George W. Bush, S. 1639 appeared to have sufficient momentum to become law. But, like its predecessor, this bipartisan monster died when needed Senate backing could not be mustered. Protests from numerous anti-amnesty groups and similarly inclined voters across the nation helped to kill these Bush-era bills.


Present Predicament

Here we are now in 2010. We have a new President who is deeply committed to solving the immigration problem by making it worse. While campaigning for the nation's highest office, Barack Obama delivered a speech to the militantly pro-amnesty group known as the National Council of La Raza on July 13, 2008. He pandered to his adoring audience, "I will be a President who stands with you, and fights for you, and walks with you every step of the way. …