Border Security No Longer Part of Illegal Alien Amnesty Deal

First legalize the aliens, then secure the border and then put them on a path to citizenship was how Senators tried to sell us on the illegal alien Amnesty plan. (It’s not Amnesty, they pay a fine!)

But even the threadbare border security option does not apply, because the final determination on the ‘trigger’ for moving forward with the path to citizenship is not the blue ribbon commission, but the word of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Whether or not the border has been secured and Amnesty for illegal aliens can go forward, will be determined by Obama through his appointee. That’s a roundabout way of saying that the border will not be secured and amnesty will be go forward.

Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and other safeguards against illegal immigration have been met? Who will decide whether the metrics have been achieved?

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should decide.

“What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is, will have final say on [whether] whatever metrics we proposes are met,” Schumer said. “We think those metrics will be quite objective.”

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the lead Republican sponsor of the framework, said the issue is under discussion within the Gang of Eight. “We’re working on a lot of it,” he said.

When a Democrat in a bipartisan has a specific policy proposal and a Republican doesn’t, then the odds are that the movement is headed in the direction of the existing policy proposal.

The so-called commission has already evaporated into a haze or smoke and mirrors.

The Senate framework would create a commission made up of governors, attorneys general and community leaders from Southwestern border states to recommend when border security goals have been met.

They could not render the final judgment, however, because lawmakers fear that would violate the Constitution.

McCain says the commission nevertheless will have a significant influence.

“The Constitution requires that action taken by the Congress is not dictated by a commission. We will be guided to a large degree by their conclusions and recommendations,” he said.

Which is to say the commission will have very little actual relevance and the final decision will rest with executive authority.

The bipartisan Senate group envisions metrics for border security that can be objectively verified, such as target numbers for border patrol agents and unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles.

“They will be objective so there’s not that much leeway,” Schumer said. “What we envision is that because they [are] objective, the advisory committee and DHS will in all likelihood agree.”

Those numbers are objective, but also meaningless. The number of agents and UAV’s is not equivalent to enforcement. And it’s enforcement that’s the problem.

Anyone who believes in Amnesty for illegal aliens has no motivation for keeping them from crossing the border. Letting people who don’t believe in border security determine and implement border security is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.

The Obama Recession means that illegal alien numbers will not be high, initially, and there may even be a continuing net loss, which will look like enforcement, but is actually due to poor economic conditions under Obama. The trigger will be pulled. Then prosperity will return under a more capable leadership in 2016 or 2020, and the illegal aliens will flood back into the country. Meanwhile those already on the path to citizenship will tilt red states like Texas into the blue column, resulting in another Democratic victory and another amnesty.

Rejecting amnesty can help break the cycle Accepting it will only perpetuate it.

  • FPF

    We need some leaders who really have guts and really want to make this country greater, instead of bowing to any interest groups' pressures in order to get re-elected.

    • Rebecca

      I agree with you. We need to stick to our principles. Voting for this bill in the hopes that it is going to swing hispanic votes in our direction is lunacy. I don't think our position on amnesty is what keeps hispanics from voting republican en mass. If it was than John "Amnesty" McCain should have gotten more than the paltry 30 some odd percent hispanic vote in 2008.

    • Bhishma

      Under it's very nose, Ameica had a leader who bravely stood for:
      – Secure Borders.
      – Hold Islam accountable.
      Can anyone name him (hint: He contested the 2008 Presidential elections)?

      • Paul137

        Tom Tancredo.

        • Alert

          BINGO, Paul! you are ALERT!
          Am positive that had Tom Tancredo been given a chance, we would not have American citizenship sold to the highest VOTER, if you know what I mean.
          The reality is that America, specially Republican Party did not recognize Tom. Any surprise here we are?

  • AdinaK

    ANYONE who trusts "mama Janet", to enforce laws which are good for America, should go back to sleep. DHS is in bed with all manner of improper behavior –

    Of course, the name of the Dem game is to ensure that blue columns explode, making it that much easier to control the outcome – illegal or otherwise. Whichever RINO's bow to this scheme should be run out of Congress, once up for re-election.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel –

  • gsr

    I don't thnik we'll see anyt new legislation on immigration (or guns for that matter). Not that I want any.

    Deportation is the only solution to ramparnt illegal immigration and it's illegal labor.

    Enforce the law. Not everyone in the world (or in Mexico) can come and settle here. That's a liberal pipe dream.

    • Boetica

      PLEASE sanction employers as well.

      • Rifleman

        That's the only thing that has a chance of working, because it would cause self-deportation. One, rounding up and deporting them all would be too expensive. Two, they'd just come right back across the still wide open border.

        • levotb

          Rifleman, if you think 40 to 60 million illegals are going to "self-deport" if our Federal Immigration laws are enforced by only a few ICE raids here and there like G.W. Bush did in June-July 2004 in So. Cal., you're kidding yourself. Massive ICE raids throughout the invaded states like Texas and California would help "get the illegal alien ball rolling" but it would take a lot of agents AND it would also require the passing of Arizona-tough 1070 laws at the state level before illegals would boogey home! And THAT, my friend, will take years to happen. A national mandatory E-verify bill WITHOUT a preemption clause and WITHOUT a "grandfatherin in" clause? Absolutely! But the problem is, the Dems/Chamber of Horrors would sneak back in that preemption prior to passing. Point being…it'll take more than just DOJ/DHS going after employers who hire illegals. Your premise that "rounding up millions of illegals would be too expensive" is preposterous! Protecting the homeland can NEVER be "too expensive"! CA taxpayers pay $4 billion for anchor babies and illegal alien children taking "bilingual ed". There's money for plenty of ICE agents. It's the lack of will in this and past administrations to enforce Federal Immigration law that's the problem.

          • Rifleman

            Outside those working for the cartels, if they can't get a job, or government bennies, they will go home. Rounding up illegals is pointless until the Southern border is secured.

  • patron

    Political morons fail to see the drug war raging in Mexico which has already killed tens of thousands of people, including women and children. Amnesty to millions of Mexicans will provide millions of conduits through family relations for the drug cartel to expand it's violent reach and influence into America, especially into the American military.

    But how can I hold the democratic party and the "Americans" who elected them to any standard today. These are the same political geniuses who legalized pot in Colorado, and the same former ACORN lawyer who gave the federal green light and instructed his federal agents to ignore it.

    It's only a matter of time before the cartel starts threatening American police chiefs with death threats if they don't resign. Unfortunately avoiding a blunder which gets thousands of people murdered is a victory for Washington today.

  • Mary Sue

    Rubio better not be voting for this crap!

  • Rifleman

    Border security never has really been part of 'comprehensive' immigration reform, like serious spending cuts never really have been part of balancing the budget, and tort reform never made it into their 'comprehensive health care reform', and reasonable loan standards wasn't part of their 'comprehensive financial reform.' They always promise to address the real problems later, but they never do.

    "11 million" illegals will suddenly become 20 to 50 million as soon as amnesty is granted. The number of illegals in this country is vastly under counted, they've been using the "11 million" number for decades now, as if they haven't been allowing several million to crash our border every year.

    • levotb

      You got it, Rifleman! 40 to 60 million–including close to 1 million non-convicted illegal alien gang member-felons–will be Amnestied. It's insanity, yet few pols are even mentioning this!

      • Rifleman

        That was supposed to be 30 to 50 million in my post, but it could well be over 60 million. The GOP leadership doesn't seem to realize that amnesty would seal their doom.

  • rbla

    The latest Republican hollow hero, Rubio committed himself on the Rush Limbaugh show and elsewhere to oppose any such legislation that does not first have border security. Well Marco, anything to say? El gato got your tongue?

  • levotb

    Greenfield is wrong about just one item–the Invasion HAS ALREADY BEEN IN HIGH (OBAMA RECESSION NOTWITHSTANDING) GEAR SINCE AUGUST 15, 2012! Doesn't Greenfield visit americanpatrol? Secureborderintel has the proof and more of it is coming out shortly at Glenn Spencer's illegal immigration news site. There is A TSUNAMI of break-ins south of Tucscon.. Isn't Greenfield aware of this? Why hang onto the lie that "the Obama Recession has caused break-ins to slow to a trickle?"

  • Paul137

    Basic point: The "path to citizenship" is irrelevant. Illegal aliens don't care about that, so denying them that — or delaying it — is no skin off their noses. See