Immigration Law…Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Who hasn’t heard the new pro-immigration ads? It seems like they’re playing on every news-radio station, all day. The group “Americans for a Conservative Direction” brings the ads to air. It is a lobbying group put together by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is definitely not a conservative. The southern RINO Haley Barbour is also involved.

The ads posit the notion, put forth by Republicans Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, that the current immigration system is de facto amnesty. They neglect to mention that the current system bears no resemblance to and follows virtually none of the thousands of immigration laws already on the books.

Rubio and Ryan take turns promoting the new 1000 page “comprehensive” bill, saying: “Let’s secure the border.” But that’s not what is in the bill. It says that DHS shall submit a plan to the secure the border – that’s it.

In the ad both senators claim: “they’ll undergo background checks, start paying taxes, won’t qualify for federal benefits, pay a fine, learn English and no amnesty.” They claim that if illegals do all this they will then go to the end of the immigration line.

All lies or half-truths.

And what if they don’t do all those things? Will we deport them Marco? Will we send them home Paul? Of course not.

So no matter what they say, in actuality, between 11 and 20 million illegals will become legal. Litigation will see to that. Mark my words.

Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s take a ride back to 1986 and examine IRCA, the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

This failed law allowed amnesty for in excess of 2.7 million illegals (a fraction of todays). It greatly contributed to the downfall of California with over 40% of all illegals ending up in California and Texas. Texas as we know, is far more conservative than is California, thus it has been spared the same fate.

But did IRCA accomplish what the liars in 1986 claim it would do? Did they shut down the border and end or greatly decrease illegal immigration? Nope – none of the above – as any thinking person would guess.

According to a study done by the Cato Institute: “IRCA did not achieve its goal of reducing illegal inflows and the size of the undocumented population. Illegal immigration quickly resumed growing and legal immigration increased because the families of legalization beneficiaries immigrated.” (chain migration)

The study added that stricter enforcement has had little actual deterrent effect. But of course, we all know there is no “stricter” border security. There is virtually no border security at all.

They (Cato) warned of the potential burden of legalizing so many unskilled immigrants. Almost half of all adult illegals had not even a high school education and they comprised 22% of all non-high school graduates.

As we conservatives all know today and was expressed after passage of the 1986 law, “the number of immigrants far exceeded expectations”. Big surprise!

Newly legalized women were found to have left the workforce. Why? They suddenly became eligible for far more government giveaway programs.

The study added that the new adult citizens could then sponsor relatives; their parents, children, married children and their spouses, and so on and so on. 11 million immigrants my foot. Try double or triple.

And all those new arrivals will of course be taking advantage of the freebies we so generously offer. How stupid are we?

They concluded that having an amnesty can create the expectation of additional future amnesties which encourage continued illegal inflows. Another shocker.

So what have we learned from the debacle of 1986? Evidently, absolutely nothing. Check that. We’ve learned that politics and elections trump the nation’s security and our ever-dwindling resources. Oh… and common sense. We’ve also learned that whatever the era, politicians lie.