Immigration bill is another joke
I have been reluctant to speak about the immigration bill because dealing justly with our rampant immigration problems is so important. We are a land of immigrants, and how we come together to become Americans is fundamental to what the idea of America is or will become.
However, what I have seen lately is insane. It’s over 1,200 pages. The first 155 deal with critical immigration issues. The rest is an example of the utter contempt our political class has for the American electorate. They obviously agree with Bill Maher that we are a bunch of ignorant knuckle draggers.
Like the Affordable Care Act, the immigration bill panders to every special interest group. Reid and Dan Heller get 100 million to encourage tourism. Alaska gets special exemption for seafood workers. Kickbacks and perks ad nauseam.
It establishes huge bureaucracies that will be run by unelected officials who answer to no one, thousands more government workers who will grant themselves huge bonuses for watching porn.
Marco said there is a very strict work requirement, but immigrants are exempt from the requirement if they are working on a GED, caring for a child or parent, or can’t get a job for a reason they consider no fault of their own. A work requirement that doesn’t require work?
The Sanders amendment recycles the defeated jobs bill providing $1.5 billion over two years to help 400,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 find summer and year-round jobs. Can we have an immigration bill that deals with immigration?
Did you think the bill would require the government to finish the fence? I thought so. Some 180 days after the enactment of the bill, Napolitano will identify where the fence should be deployed, but “nothing in this section requires the secretary to install fencing.”
The bill doesn’t strengthen immigration requirements, it weakens them. Asylum seekers get extended deadlines and new layers of appeals and the bill gives the Attorney General’s office the right to pay for all the legal bills incurred by those who seek asylum.
The bill handcuffs Border Patrol agents by protecting the “civil rights” of those who cross illegally. They cannot be punished if it is “against the best interest” of the individual attempting to cross.
As usual, our legislators are promoting another great big joke. I, for one, am not laughing.
Cora Lee Schingnitz