Amnesty Now, New Border Agents by 2021

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Remember, we have to pass Amnesty now. Like right now. Because we have to secure the border. In 2021. Maybe.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) blasted the Senate’s border security amendment to its immigration bill, touted as a breakthrough for the controversial legislation. Sessions alleged that it does not hire any new border agents until years after its presumed passage.

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) gave reassurances on Thursday that their amendment would enact tough border security provisions before any legalization of new immigrants could occur. Corker and Hoeven stated on Fox News Friday that their amendment would bring a “surge” to border security. The provisions of the amendment include 20,000 additional border patrol agents, 700 miles of fencing, and an E-Verify system for immigrant workers before new immigrants could receive green cards.

Senator Sessions objected that the promises are trumped by “loopholes that are snuck into” the amended immigration bill. Sessions said the border security provisions are “designed” to be ineffective in a press release sent out Friday evening…

Contrary to their rhetoric there is no border surge. The Secretary [of Homeland Security] doesn’t even have to start hiring new border patrol agents until 2017, and the amendment only gives her until 2021 to increase the number by 20,000. According to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, this hiring process could take up to 20 years. Much like the 2006 law requiring a 700-mile border fence, it’s never going to happen.

So 2021. Or maybe 2041.

  • GSR

    Just more of the same…….amnesty for illegals, increased legal immigration and a reduction in any immigration enforcement. Why, we should invite all of Mexico to “mgrate” here and half of the Middle East, China and India too.
    Hell, America doesn’t belong to, you know, Americans. It belongs to the world.

  • Spikey1

    What is so hard about building a wall that spans the entire 1954 miles.
    China managed to build one that ended up being 13,171 miles long, all of it prior to the advent of modern machinery.

  • unionville

    How about no amnesty at all for those who are in our country illegally. And if the complaint is the canard that it will affect the labor force negatively if we deport illegals when we find them, than how about putting those who are already in the process of legally coming to America on the fast track to becoming American citizens.

  • zombietimeshare

    Why would you need new border agents for a nonexistent border?