It's Not Amnesty?

By D.A. King, Insider Advantage, May 21, 2007

5/21/07) It is fitting and proper that the two U.S. Senators from Georgia are playing defense on the latest version of amnesty for illegal aliens.

It is disgraceful if they are using the “trigger” argument for that defense - and would have us believe that the promised triggers will prevent more than 20 million illegal aliens from continued residence in the same nation that millions of puzzled potential real immigrants are even now applying to enter legally.

The truth is glaringly easy to see.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, most illegal aliens coming from Mexico already have jobs there, but take a very understandable view that making five or ten times as much money here as in their home nation makes walking into the U.S. a no-brainer trip.

Who could blame anyone for wanting to live and work in the U.S.? While citizenship would be a cherry on the sundae of working here while getting free medical care and education - in their own language - it is not why they come.

They come for the money.

Illegal employers, winked at by the corrupt Bush administration could care less if their taxpayer subsidized labor obtains citizenship.

They hire the illegals because they will work for less than an American requires to live with any dignity in his own country.

They do it for the money.

As we watch the debate begin on a bill that few can possibly have yet read, we should all keep our eyes on the amnesty provision that no one can dispute and that none of the bills proponents will ever take out, which is the proposed “Probationary Status”. It would be available to nearly all illegal aliens within a few months of the bill's passage. When an illegal alien applies, the government has no more than 24 hours to do a criminal background check. Once the 24 hours are over, the Probationary Status is given, even if the background check has not been done.

All of this happens months and even years before any of the enforcement provisions in the bill take effect. Just like in 1986, the bill provides amnesty first and enforcement later - if ever.

Once in the probationary status, there is no reason the illegal will ever have to go home unless he decides to do so or disqualifies himself with certain criminal activity…if that part is actually enforced. There is no reason he can’t have children who are American citizens and further anchor the family into the U.S.

According to the well-respected Washington – based immigration reform organization, NumbersUSA, the now newly “legal” alien is not ever required to apply for a green card that would eventually lead to a path to citizenship. But he can stay in the U.S. and work for the rest of his life if he chooses to pay $1,000 for a Z-visa renewal every four years - $250.00 a year to live in the United States of America.

No trigger. No deterrent. No change in the absence of any real border security, no additional Border Patrol Agents, no increased interior enforcement and no punishment for the employer who has been in violation of the law for years.

No amnesty?

Here's another little feature that will likely not be in the convoluted talking points offered in the defense of the “Grand Compromise” and amid the endless howls of “this is not an amnesty:” The earlier selling point of requiring the formerly illegal aliens to pay back taxes on past wages earned – illegally – has been quietly taken out at the insistence of the White House. (For reference, click here.)

Not amnesty? Americans watching the spin from the leaders elected to preserve the rule of law will have to make up their own minds on the ridiculous game of semantics being played and decide for themselves.

Most of us already have.

Nobody can argue that the only group in the game that is not getting what they demand from this repeat of the failed amnesty of 1986 are the American people who are under the apparently quaint and out-dated impression that American law should be equally applied and that those who blatantly violate that law should not be rewarded.

Likely an extreme concept when the money is really the object here.


D.A. King is a Marietta Daily Journal columnist and president of the Dustin Inman Society, a Georgia-based non-profit coalition actively opposed to illegal immigration.

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