Some Cold Water on the Illegal Alien Amnesty “Grand Bargain”


I passed over the Brooklyn Bridge this morning and despite the construction and whatever lingering effects of the storm may have been left behind, it’s a great bridge. And you should buy it. Right now before the price goes up. I know a guy and he knows a guy and you could get rich quick before the bridge goes off the market.

In completely unrelated news, we’re being pitched a Grand Bargain on amnesty for illegal aliens. And since it’s “Grand” and a “Bargain”, it’s bound to be swell.

The current pitch is that we give in on amnesty, gain the Latino vote, and in exchange the Democrats will give us border security and help assimilating all the illegal aliens, when we can’t even assimilate the legal ones.

Let’s break this down

1. A Great Bargain will not win us the Latino vote. It will secure the Latino vote for Democrats. Again. Any amnesty under a Democrat in the White House will only politically benefit him. It will not politically benefit Republicans. Especially with low information voters.

2. No one who wants amnesty for illegal aliens also wants to secure the border. If you believe in amnesty, then you’re not really sincere about border security. And vice versa. Anyone who believes in the virtue of legalizing millions of illegal Mexican aliens does not also believe that preventing more of them from entering the country is a good thing. That applies to Democrats and Republicans.

So please spare us the phony “concern for the border” nonsense. Amnesty will only undermine border security even further by attracting even more illegal aliens.

3. Republicans will get no border security in exchange for such a deal. The only purpose of calling it a grand bargain is, to quote Churchill, a matter of, “Madam, we’ve already established what kind of woman you are now we’re just negotiating the price.”

Border security will go on being a sham. Rand Paul is talking about amnesty in exchange for an end to legal immigration. That’s not a bargain that even Republicans would go for, let alone Democrats, and he knows it. Proposals like these are a sham to whet the appetite of Republicans for a deal that they will never get.

4. There is no urgent reason to make a deal now. No one pushing for an urgent deal has a rational explanation for why this issue is so urgent, except that they decided it’s a way to win Latino votes. And “getting a seat at the table” and “a voice in the process” is DC slang for selling out principles.

5. There really is no middle ground. A pathway to citizenship means citizenship. And any bargain that falls short of citizenship will eventually lead to citizenship.

The bottom line is we are going to either have a rule of law. Or we’re going to have special privileges for illegal aliens from south of the border, while immigrants who want to come here legally have to wait their turn. And what exactly is conservative about that?

  • Gordon

    Your Churchill quote actually came from George Bernard Shaw. However, I agree with your analysis.

  • cynthiacurran

    That true, but the Republcians always want the high tech vistas and those folks also vore Democratic. A crackdown on borh legal and illegal would be a good thing. Maybe instead of Mexicans doing construcation importing eastern europeans. Today's immirgation favors hispanics and asians.

  • Brittanicus

    Doesn’t the truth matter anymore?

    BEFORE ANY PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FINDS ITS WAY THROUGH THE CONGRESS, TWO BILLS ARE A NECESSITY TO EVENTUALLY STOP THE INGRESS OF ANY MORE FLOWS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. 1. THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT CONTAINING MANDATORY E-VERIFY AND HALT ILLEGAL ALIENS TAKING JOBS AND HOLDING EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE. 2. A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL TO STEM THE INFLOW OF SMUGGLED BABIES EITHER UNBORN OR AS AN INFANT, INTO THE UNITED STATES TO GAIN INTENTIONAL RIGHTS TO BE A CITIZEN AND BURDENING THE U.S. TAXPAYER. 3. THE REINTRODUCTION OF FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS IS A DOUBLE PARALLEL FENCE STRETCHING ALONG THE BORDER OF THE U.S STATES AND ITS SOUTHERN NEIGHBOR.

    Doesn’t the truth matter anymore that the RIP Ted Kennedy promised to never enact another amnesty. I wish that I was a psychic and see the future of America in another 4 years? But anybody can forecast the outcome on some things, as it’s already initiated. An even larger bureaucracy, with the present “Rules and Regulations” exploding into truck loads of more insane directives to inhibit small business creation. This President Obama signing more entitlement programs for low income people, or those parasites who live on the host that is state and federal government public assistance structure The unions gaining even more obscene power, to achieve there ends that will strangle free enterprise. Phrasing into America an even more radical form of Socialism edged with a Communist agenda. Our countries military weakened by less funding for our navy, air-force and army services, that might have far reaching dangers for our nation. More taxpayer’s money being spent on the friends of the White House, in pressing for more environmental policies that have already been shown to be less reliable and many have gone into bankruptcy including “Solyndra”. The destruction of the coal industry by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency,” with whitewashed lies, that drilling permits are readily available and supplied to the oil and natural gas companies. The EPA agency refusal to expedite use permits for the construction of a pipeline from Canada to refineries in Texas. My concern that should be brought to the surface is taxpayers forced to pay for all the 20 plus illegal aliens, plus the encouragement of even more illegal migrants and immigrants getting the word from relatives, that if they rush to the border, they will be able to get a free payday once inside our country. The American people are sick and tired of either political parties not listening and there is rising resentment out there? Neither the GOP nor Democrats have enforced immigration laws since the devastating Reagan amnesty of 1986.

    All the promises and lip service have been lies and the Tea Party are no longer listening to the entrenched corruption in the Congress. They could have passed “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL” that would have ejected some of the illegal aliens out of jobs, making way for citizens and permanent residents. They could alter by Amendment the Birthright citizenship Act” but it hasn't been implemented to stop the smuggling of babies accumulating citizenship to further propagate the growing national state and federal financial deficits. Those morons on the beltway have never carried out the law to construct the U.S. border fence, according to the former President Bush 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT and instead deliberately defunded its construction. How much money do you think this will be extracted to pay for this policy? One estimate from the Heritage Foundation is over 2 trillion dollars. How much are payments for health care, education and other welfare subsidize to support new immigrants in just California…2 billion dollars annually. What do we get back for it…more poverty?

    If we cannot truly look after our troops returning from the warzones, if we still have millions of homeless without hope, then why are we either bringing in millions of legal immigrants, other than highly skilled workers that are welcome. Why is not illegal entry a Felony? All these questions need to be asked. The Democrats have four more years to produce some interesting successful effects such as lowering the U.S. monstrous deficit of a growing 16 Trillion dollars. Is the fed continue to print money with a good portion going towards paying off foreign investors such as Communist China? Are we still going to be the biggest $ patron of a United Nations with the Liberals genuflecting to this corrupt organization. In UN history are large scale rapes in banana republics by international troops sent to keep the peace in numerous encounters. Not forgetting the latest significant issue of involvement to take away our right to bear arms, to steal our national water rights with an agreement from our own left administration. This crippling development is being played out and quite conceivable in Barack Obama’s Executive Order # 13547 in support of the global Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.) strives to take control of our water in any form of precipitation, from the sky to the oceans!

  • riverboatbill

    This is the camels nose under the tent.

  • Blanch

    Gordon, his quote was from Winston Churchill.

    I agree with the article 100%. You have to uphold the rule of law. You live in society, you have to respect society; that includes observing the laws of the country. You cannot pick and choose what laws you want to follow and what laws you want to spit on.

    We need to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities like New York City, make E-verify mandatory, secure the borders, repeal the 14th Amendment, and put a tracking mechanism to stop Visa overstaying.

  • Ghostwriter

    I think most LEGAL immigrants should be angry over this. They certainly have every right to be.