Here’s Your Brand New “Tough but Fair” Amnesty 2.0

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.


Visas? We don’t need no stinking visas.

It’s “tough but fair”, meaning that it’s not tough or fair. There’s the usual pablum about our immigration system being broken. It’s only broken to the extent that it’s a mechanism for importing large numbers of Democratic voters and expanding the welfare rolls.

1. Is it amnesty? Yup.

Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required.

So we’re going to provide amnesty for illegal aliens in exchange for preventing legal immigrants from overstaying their visas. And if they do, we’ll eventually legalize them too.

2. Will this secure the border?

It’s going to give the border patrol more funding while training them to avoid racial profiling. Assuming this actually happens, the border will be x percent more secure. Will it be secure? Probably not.

Because…

We recognize that Americans living along the Southwest border are key to recognizing and understanding when the border is truly secure. Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill’s security measures outlined in the legislation are completed.

So border security will be in the hands of a commission that is likely to be dominated by politicians looking for immigrant votes or from actual immigrant communities. And that commission will have little interest in doing more than filtering violent criminals from non-violent aliens.

3. Is it really amnesty? Yes.

While these security measures are being put into place, we will simultaneously require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission to register with the government. This will include passing a background check and settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes, in order to earn probationary legal status, which will allow them to live and work legally in the United States.

We will demonstrate our commitment to securing our borders and combating visa overstays by requiring our proposed enforcement measures be complete before any immigrant on probationary status can earn a green card. Current restrictions preventing non-immigrants from accessing federal public benefits will
also apply to lawful probationary immigrants.

Those restrictions will however end once they receive their Green Card and become government dependents. It’s unclear what mechanism there is for “requiring” that these enforcement measures be completed and what would prevent Obama from waiving or bypassing them.

Either way all this does is create a temporary waiting period for illegal aliens before they receive a Green Card and then citizenship. It’s amnesty with a fine. That’s supposed to be the “tough” part.

There’s a lot of talk about going to the back of the line, but that still puts them ahead of actual prospective immigrants from other countries which biases our immigration system in favor of Mexico, making it by definition unfair.

4. Are there leniencies in this “Tough but Fair” amnesty? Do Coyotes howl in the desert?

individuals who entered the United States as minor children did not knowingly choose to violate any immigration laws. Consequently, under our proposal these individuals will not face the same requirements as other individuals in order to earn a path to citizenship.

Which means that they may make it there ahead of their illegal alien parents and then bring them in under family reunification.

Similarly, individuals who have been working without legal status in the United States agricultural industry have been performing very important and difficult work to maintain America’s food supply while earning subsistence wages. Due to the utmost importance in our nation maintaining the safety of its food supply, agricultural workers who commit to the long term stability of our nation’s agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play… blah blah… will also be treated differently.

5. How biased is this system in favor of Mexican immigrants? Very.

Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Additionally, we must reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view our future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States.

So we should prioritize family reunification, which currently makes up a huge chunk of immigration, over other immigration to avoid illegal immigration.

The same logic runs through the whole proposal. The only way to fight illegal immigration is by legalizing it.

6. E-Verify

Our proposal will create an effective employment verification system which prevents identity theft and ends the hiring of future unauthorized workers. We believe requiring prospective workers to demonstrate both legal status and identity, through non-forgeable electronic means prior to obtaining employment, is essential to an employee verification system

Okay and why haven’t we done this yet? Because it’s opposed by the very people who will end up in charge of implementing this system. So it should work great then.

As Mickey Kaus points out, the ALCU sabotaged information last time amnesty came around. And now the ACLU is in the White House.

Why won’t this new reform be a repeat of the 1986 reform, when the amnesty provisions were implemented but the enforcement half was blocked by ACLU-style lawsuits and bureaucratic weakness? The result was a broken border and the approximately 11 million new unauthorized immigrants we’re talking about giving amnesty to today.

It won’t just be a repeat of it. It will be worse. And it will mean the end of the United States.

7. Isn’t a bunch of low-skilled and low-paid workers just the thing that a country with high unemployment needs?

The overwhelming majority of the 327,000 illegal entrants apprehended by CBP in FY2011 were seeking employment in the United States. We recognize that to prevent future waves of illegal immigration a humane and effective system needs to be created for these immigrant workers to enter the country and find employment without seeking the aid of human traffickers or drug cartels.

Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.

Sure. And who decides that? Obama? His stooges? A commission of community leaders? And oh yes… there’s a path to citizenship there too.

  • polnick

    Expect to double your rental costs if you desire living in an English speaking enclave. But for those that can survive the high crime rates, the rents are affordable in Spanish or Jive speaking ghettos.

  • tagalog

    We were told in 1986 (by Ronald Reagan, a more credible politician than the gang of sheissters we have now) that the original IRCA was going to end illegal immigration by insuring that they wouldn't be able to get jobs. Then we started hearing in confimation hearings that our own government officials were engaging in hiring illegal aliens and violating the law.

    That was when the U.S. had 6 million illegals hiding out here. Now we have something like 11.1 million illegal immigrants. IRCA didn't work very well, did it, over the past 25 years?

    Why should the new IRCA work any better to curb illegal immigration?

    I can suggest what would actually HELP to curb illegal immigration: deportation of illegal immigrants on a mass scale. And making it too hot for them to remain here so they'll self-deport.

    I can't express how tiresome it is to continue to hear ignorant people who ought to be smarter than that talk about how America is based upon the contributions of immigrants. As if that justifies illegal aliens smuggling themselves into this country.

    On the illegals who were brought here as children, I'd support a law that said they can file for citizenship if they join the military service for a minimum of 5 years and get an honorable discharge.

  • illegalsuck

    How would they even verify who the illegals are since they often use fake or fraudulent ID's? What enforcement or deportation will they use, since Obama isn't truly enforcing the laws now? What about all the crimes illegals commit, like being here illegally, working illegally, fake ID's, misdeameanors, welfare fraud,etc. Will they be allowed to just get away with those crimes unscathed? Details please!

    • EarlyBird

      Actually, Obama has been very tough on illegals. He's shipped out more illegals during his first four years, for instance, than W. Bush did during his eight. My son-in-law is an ICE agent and he's responsible for finding and deporting violent criminals. He said that the Obama years have been "the golden era" for his group.

      Here's an article which debunks the myth that Obama doesn't care about illegals, from Forbes magazine:
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexnowrasteh/2012/07

      More from CBS about how Obama has drawn Hispanics' scorn due to how tough he's been on illegals:
      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/obam

      • Drakken

        Your so full of sh+t your eyes are floating, the numbers are so doctored that nobody can make any sense of them. Obummer has dumbed down enforcement to the point it is laughable.

        • EarlyBird

          In other words, any facts that don't comport with your preconceptions are lies. You sad little man.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        These are revolving door deportations.

        • EarlyBird

          Oh, we can be sure that many deportees come right back across our borders again.

          The point is, and you know it, is that Obama is not weak on illegals. To the contrary, he's been quite hard on them compared to previous presidents.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Amnesty with no preconditions is hard?

            So what's soft? Moving the capital to Mexico City?

          • EarlyBird

            There are preconditions. You even point to them in your article.

            And you are so small that you can't even concede my basic point about Obama's high rate of deportations, but instead must just blow by it.

            You lose.

  • Mary Sue

    No racial profiling? What, does this mean that Mexicans don't cross the border from Mexico? Maybe get a few Asians in there? How about some gringos?

    • tagalog

      You never know how many illegal Canadians have smuggled themselves into this country.

    • gsr

      White Americans need not apply. This country has been taken from Americans (white and black) and given to Latinos, Asians, Muslims, East Indians, etc.

  • EarlyBird

    Yes, Greenfield, anything short of physically rounding up and shipping out the 11 million illegals here will be amnesty, regardless of what we call it. Even you didn't call for that, perhaps because you realize that such a quixotic mission is impossible.

    So rather than whining from the cheap seats, why don't you try to help provide solutions? Here's a shot:

    #1 – Continue to further physically control the border, #2 – Prosecute those who hire illegals, even when they are hired by corporate Republican boosters, #3 – Put in a rational temporary workers' visa and allow needed workers to cross and re-cross our borders legally, as we had for decades during the 20th Century, #4 – Make it far easier for the Chinese and Indian engineering students who we educate in American universities to stay and live here as they wish to, rather than force them home to compete with us, and #5 – Ultimately enact some form of amnesty.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      If it involves legalizing millions of illegal aliensand putting them on a path to citizenship, then it's amnesty.

      Like Obama once said, don't tell me words don't matter.

      • EarlyBird

        Don't pretend to be dense. We AGREE that was is being proposed is amnesty. My first sentence: "Yes, Greenfield, anything short of physically rounding up and shipping out the 11 million illegals here will be amnesty, regardless of what we call it."

        So the fact that you are against any kind of amnesty means that you really do believe we can and should deport 11 million illegals across to Mexico and throughout Latin America, and over to China, Europe and Africa too, right?

        If only it were possible. We have to do everything, including amnesty unfortunately, to really do a "comprehensive" fix on illegal immigration. But this is reality, and you're not in the job of writing about or thinking about reality.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          "So the fact that you are against any kind of amnesty means that you really do believe we can and should deport 11 million illegals across to Mexico"

          That's a false choice.

          Much like claiming that not supporting legalizing marijuana means wanting to arrest every single person who ever inhaled.

          • EarlyBird

            How so, Dan? Perhaps you only want to try to deport half of those 11 million illegals, or two thirds? Any way you slice it, we have illegals living here. And we either give them amnesty or just hound them until they die of old age. Maybe the latter is the way it should be, but that really keeps the system broken.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            And then we can abolish immigration laws altogether since they don't apply once people start breaking them.

            And then we can abolish all the other laws that people don't keep.

          • EarlyBird

            I'm as frustrated as you are, Dan. But we either fix the problem and include some level or form of amnesty, or just throw our hands up and let the problem continue.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Fixing the problem by making it much worse isn't the answer. Amnesty makes the problem worse.

            It's like trying to fix a toilet with dynamite.

        • Drakken

          Import the 3rd world, we become the 3rd world, and frankly I don't give a damn anymore, throw the illegals out or the citizens will, and save your bloody sympathy for someone who deserves it.

      • EarlyBird

        Oh yeah, and I love that you used a picture of a snarling, scar-faced bandito complete with bandoliers across his chest.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Someone obviously never watched The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

          • EarlyBird

            Oh, I know exactly where that photo comes from. Let me guess: it was a comment on Hollywood or something.

  • Ghostwriter

    In other words,let's drop the American citizen and the legal immigrant down the shaft.

  • gsr

    Greenfield is writing some of the best traditional, conservatrive American opinion these days…….Cheers Daniel!
    The real unemployment rate is around 11% and the Beltway Whores are hyperventilating to forgive illegal aliens AND to INCREASE LEGAL immigration.

    The Elites are creating a new population through mass immigration. The American people are being replaced.

  • dude duderly

    there is no such thing as 'illegal immigration'. what part of 'illegal' do YOU understand? the word "Legal"? not likely. The only plaintiff is the Unites States government, not random walmart shopper # 22. It's up to them to prosecute or not and that could only apply in a limited number of cases, with evidence.

    Immigration laws are not designed to address large movements of people across fictional borders that actually dived their own country- notice that most Hispanics actually live in… d'oh! HISPANIC AREAS. Like, places with Spanish names. And like everyone else, in the international commercial and industrial hubs we call 'cities'. Outside of HISPANIC AREAS, I have almost never seen a beaner. Just like there arent too many Blacks outside of their zones, either.

    America belongs to white people but you have to live it, not imagine it vicariously. There is a Race Problem but nerdical burocratic status will not address the question. Mostly, its our own disharmony with Nature, but then, that starts at home not online.

    • joe

      Since when is IL ,the state with the 4th highest illegal population , hispanic ?
      Since when does America have designated race areas ?

    • EarlyBird

      Wow, you're a freak, Dude. Maybe someone let you out of your white zone.

  • Carbondioxide

    It will provoke wonder when the millions of foreign illegals suddenly see fit to begin to comply with the laws of a nation they hold no allegiance to.

  • joe

    Why is everyone ignoring the huge crime rate that comes with illegals ?
    Who is kidding who pretending illegals pick lettuce for $5 an hour instead of bringing in 80% of the illegal drugs,child sex slaves and run ID theft rings ? How many hispanic gangs are robbing,raping and killing American citizens daily ?

    11 million people is not immigration ,it is population transfer. mexico only has a population of 110 million .
    They cost of the crimes,education ,medical needs,entitlements and environmental needs/damage of 11 million people for their entire lives far exceeds any benefit this country will receive from them.

    We've had 7 amnesties since 1986. They of illegals has never stopped.
    Name all the supposed great businesses ,scientists ,societal improvements and technological discoveries made from the tens of millions we've legalized since 1986.

    What exactly is fair to American citizens who have to pay billions for these people ,compete for jobs and protect our children from ?
    How is it fair they are rewarded for breaking our laws and legal immigrants punished with stringent rules and 5 year waits ?

    • joe

      correction:
      They of illegals has never stopped.
      The flow of illegals has never stopped.