Immigration Reform (Lite) Passed
There will be no true reform until we can confidently secure our borders. Whether that’s a fence or thousands more officers stationed along the border, all of this legislation may not matter a lick until we stem the flow of illegals.
And yet, this is a bipartisan reform bill that Bush will most likely sign.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Key senators in both parties announced agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border.
The plan would create a temporary worker program to bring new arrivals to the U.S. A separate program would cover agricultural workers. New high-tech enforcement measures also would be instituted to verify that workers are here legally.
The compromise came after weeks of painstaking closed-door negotiations that brought the most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans together with President Bush’s Cabinet officers to produce a highly complex measure that carries heavy political consequences.
And we’re reminded what politics is all about from Ted Kennedy…
“Politics is the art of the possible, and the agreement we just reached is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders and bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America,” Kennedy said.
But I don’t care what they say. This is amnesty. But do know I’m for amnesty…AFTER you secure the borders. You can’t do it before because that’s just going to encourage more law breaking.
In the end, it’s a grand experiment and I hope it works out, if for no other reason than to allow workers to lift themselves up and contribute to the economy is a real way.
Let’s hope they’re right, para todos motivo.