The New Amnesty Isn’t Amnesty Except It Is – Part V

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.


Don’t worry. The new amnesty is absolutely not amnesty, say the drafters of the new amnesty plan.

Two members of the bipartisan group of lawmakers crafting an immigration reform proposal in the House said that the bill they’ll produce will not include “amnesty” for illegal immigrants already in the nation.

That sounds good. So we can assume then that the new plan will not legalize illegal aliens and then put them on a path to citizenship. Right?

Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) offered the beginnings of an outline to the comprehensive immigration reform package they and a handful of other lawmakers are working on in the House on CNN Sunday and said they hoped to unveil a proposal by year’s end.

“1986 was amnesty. Just basically, show up, get a green card. That is not what we are doing now,” said Gutierrez.

He insisted today’s reform effort would not take the same tack as immigration reform in the mid-eighties, which provided immediate legal status to millions of immigrants.

The Illinois lawmaker suggested the bill would instead have a system of steps towards legalization, beginning with giving undocumented immigrants Social Security cards and work permits, after which they can apply for green cards and get on a path towards full citizenship.

So the new tactic is to talk down the 1986 amnesty by pretending that the 2013 amnesty will be nothing like it. The 1986 amnesty was also a series of steps that began with Temporary Resident Status and then moved up to Permanent Resident Status later.

It’s always a series of steps. But it’s where the steps go to that matters. Amnesty is still amnesty. The final outcome is a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Democrats. That’s the endgame here. And as long as that is the endgame, then it’s amnesty. All the talk about fines, earned paths to citizenship and all the rest is just branding.

Pro-amnesty pols will go to great length to avoid using the A word. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are both allergic to it insisting that their plans aren’t amnesty. They insist we focus on border security and not the path to legalization, even though the border security is just there to make the amnesty palatable, just as the various control and security measures were in the 86′ amnesty.

Amnesty is defined by its final outcome. The 1986 amnesty was a path to citizenship. So is this amnesty.

  • Michael Copeland

    If a source of nutrients becomes available life forms will move in to absorb it. It is Ecology.

  • Softly Bob

    Another trick by the Left.
    'Undocumented Democrats' is a similar method that the Labour government used in Britain with their huge open door immigration policy. It's all about changing the demographics of a nation to secure more votes, and doing so at the expense of the natives, which in my book is treason!
    Of course, all that this undocumented immigration does is open the hen house door to the foxes and that's why we have Muslim terrorists, Third World criminals and various other leeches, parasites and scumbags coming in as well.
    The Left have always struggled to obtain power by ordinary straightforward democracy. If they can't get power through the ballot box, they'll infiltrate high office via other means by using unelected officials to sneak into higher government jobs. When they do use the ballot box there's always a catch.
    In the case of stealth immigration it's a case of changing the population. If the people don't want you in power then replace the people with ones that do.
    It's disgusting, its immoral and it is a devious plot that would have made Stalin proud. It is simple treason and in a saner world people like Obama and his other White House cronies would be arrested and put on trial for it!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As always, radical leftists use whatever mans possible to exert their totalitarian control, by hook or by crook. As such, implanting illegals, as a permanent Demster power base, is part of their plan, but certainly not all of it.

    And under the reign of Obama, does anyone expect him, or his lawbreaking surrogates, to obey the law, thus making sure illegals stay outside the democratic process? Rhetorical question. Don't be confused by RINOS's jumping on board too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/20/what-are-the-

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • quercus454

    The ability to stay and work is the amnesty. That begins immediately. Citizenship is a smokescreen. The majority of illegal aliens here are from Mexico. Mexicans are very nationalistic and as a whole do not want to renounce their birthright.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt that legal immigrants are going to like that. It's ridiculous and stupid.