June 22, 2007

ABC News: OPINION: Gingrich Blasts Immigration Bill

ABC News: OPINION: Gingrich Blasts Immigration Bill

This opinion piece by Rick Tyler, Newt Gingrich's PR guy, is well worth the read to understand the uproar about the immigration bill now in the Senate. After listening and watching the talking heads and giving this some serious thought, I think the immigration bill, based on what I know of it, is severely flawed and should not become law. Bush, McCain and others supporting it are wrong on this issue. Here's Newt's recent ad arguing against the Senate bill supported by McCain, Kennedy, et al.

I find myself on the side of the argument that the borders must be controlled by all means possible. It's wrong that 12+ million illegals are here and a very sad commentary about our government's inability and unwillingness to control the borders for the past two decades, particularly the border with Mexico. I have driven along parts of that desert wasteland and understand the enormous difficulty in closing it to illegals. Nevertheless, it must be done before any action is taken to provide 'amnesty' for those who are here illegally.

Rather than some omnibus, take-care-of-everything-bill now, let's have a 2 step process. Step 1: Close the borders ASAP to keep more illegals out (we'll never keep them all out); Step 2: deal with the illegals already here after the border is secured by a real fence or some other means to keep them out, perhaps not by deporting them, but by NEVER granting them legal status, unless they return to their home country and apply from there for legal immigrant entry, for work or permanent residency. That's a difficult task, but if our laws are to mean anything, we should not allow them legal status without rigorous requirements. They should have no path to citizenship or permanent without gaining legal status. Amnesty is a failed solution and will only encourage more illegals to come as was the case after 1986.
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