Monday, May 21, 2007

TWO SIDES OF THE IMMIGRATION COIN

The White House and Congress have feverishly worked over the past few days to reform immigration. It's a task that some have said would be very long, difficult process - if not impossible. But as with many things governmental, "impossible" can quickly become "possible" if one is merely willing to move the goal post.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on immigration:
Anyone who enters the United States illegally should be expelled without exception, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate hearing today.

"Our goal at DHS is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions," he said.

"It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year."

Chertoff said U.S. authorities are immediately returning thousands of Mexicans entering the country illegally, but "other parts of the system have nearly collapsed under the weight of numbers."

"The problem is especially severe for non-Mexicans apprehended at the southwest border," he said.

"Today, a non-Mexican illegal immigrant caught trying to enter the United States across the southwest border has an 80 percent chance of being released immediately because we lack the holding facilities," Chertoff explained.

"Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this 'catch and release' style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process."

Opps... my apologies for posting the wrong quote. That's what he said 18 months ago. Let's try that again.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on immigration:
"If someone has a better solution that's realistic, they should come forward with it", Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, 53, said about the immigration debate on Cable News Network's "Late Edition" program. "But if all people want to do is complain and say, well, this isn't good enough, that's the Goldilocks solution, where it's always too hot or too cold."

Chertoff was joined with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Secretary Gutierrez demonstrated that he doesn't understand the concept of "amesty" with this interesting bit of insight:
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez insisted that the immigration bill, whose backers hope to hustle through a debate in Congress from Monday, did not amount to an "amnesty" for the millions now in the country unlawfully.

"They would have to pay fines and undergo a criminal background check", he said on CNN Sunday.

"I have the impression that perhaps for some people, the only thing that would not be amnesty is mass deportation," added Gutierrez, whose family fled to the United States from Cuba when he was a child.

"We don't think that is practical. We don't think that's logical. We don't think that's humane. And that would hurt our economy."

Secretary Chertoff - here's the solution you've been grasping for. Take the people that are in my country illegally, and remove them from my country. When you have removed all illegal aliens, then we can all go back to the debate table and revisit the situation.

Perhaps you believe it's not practical, logical, nor humane. I'll tell you what it is, though:

Legal.

Laws necessary to deal with illegal immigration are already in place. There is law and there is precedent. All that is required of you, Secretary Chertoff, is to enforce the existing law. Second Amendment supporters shouldn't be too surprised with this approach, however, given that governments so often choose to create new gun control laws instead of properly enforcing the ones already on the books.

The President set several goals for his administration. Among them were revamping the situation with prescription drugs, improving public schools and reforming immigration. The prescription drug plan is one of the most costly entitlement programs created in the modern era, and the "No Child Left Behind" program has generally been regarded as yet another federal program having lackluster results. With those efforts fading into the twilight, the White House has now spearheaded a disastrous immigration bill.

One hopes that the President has no other improvements on his to-do list.

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