This past week I saw hard work, healthy debate, concerted effort and lots of progress…everywhere in the world save for the United States Senate.
I have said it before: If more people watched C-SPAN instead of QVC, every member of Congress would be unemployed by Christmas in what I imagine would look something like a nuclear election holocaust.
BB Side Note: Except for Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Hilary Clinton (D-NY).
Chambliss and Sessions (cutie pies) would survive because unlike their colleagues, they appear neither retarded nor confused about the country for which they work. As for the other two, see: Cockroaches and Nuclear Holocaust.
As it stands, the Senate bill (S.2611) looks something like this:
(Good luck with that one.)
From what I have seen, there are a few (innumerable) problems with the existing legislation.
But these are by far the biggest flaws:
Seriously, what is the point of all this?
Can it really be called immigration reform if the only reform is to increase the number of visas extended to foreign nationals?
And what are the illegal immigrants, their lobbyists and Mexican politicians saying about all of this?
According to Kathleen Walker Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, there isn't any incentive for illegal immigrants to follow the proposed schedule.
"For those who feel they have nothing in their home country and have lived underground for years, how is that an incentive for them to come forward?" [ Some Immigrants Fear Guest Worker Program by Juan A. Lozano and Anabelle Garay, Associated Press, May 21, 2006]
My favorite statement (so far) was made by Hector Flores, President of League of United Latin American Citizens ( LULAC). Mr. Flores opposes the Sessions amendment which provides funding for a fence on the border. ( Press Release)
"We are calling upon the Senate to revisit this amendment which is an affront to immigrant communities and will create a permanent scar in the relationship between the United States and our southern neighbors. Building a 'Berlin' style wall between ourselves and our neighbor is un-American, undemocratic, and unacceptable in a free society."
That's a good one! Our fence will scar the relationship between our nations—not the arrogant, criminal behavior exhibited by illegal immigrants—but our border fence.
The fact remains, nobody outside of the Senate is pleased with this bill as written. Personally, I haven't found anything worthwhile except for the deportation of illegal aliens who have resided here less than two years.[Vdare.com note: Of course, given the massive fake documents industry, it may be that no such persons will be found to exist.]
Now if they could just extend that group to include all illegal aliens…
On Monday the Senate debate will resume and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has pledged to pass a bill by Memorial Day.
If the political discourse continues the present track, a bill may find its way out of the Senate—but immigration reform will not.
VDARE.com will continue our live blogging of the Senate all week so tune in for updates…if you can stomach it.
Bryanna Bevens [email her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff for a member of the California State Assembly.