Congress' 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act illegal alien amnesty program (IRCA) is a gift that keeps on giving. It still isn't over—thanks to the Bush Administration and immigration lawyers in the Treason Lobby.
As if on cue during my series of reports last month – on fraud, more fraud and reader reports of fraud about the 1986 amnesty – the Federal Government quietly agreed to open the amnesty floodgates again for a one-year period to give certain illegal aliens a shot at the 1986 IRCA amnesty all over again.
On November 28, NBC television in Los Angeles reported that the Bush Administration had agreed to a settlement [PDF] for one of the lingering 1986 amnesty lawsuits. Citizen watchdogs American Patrol Report (Nov. 28) and the The Terry Anderson Show (Nov. 30) quickly picked up on the TV report.
The settlement will allow certain illegal aliens to apply for green cards under the 1986 amnesty some seventeen years after the fact. When formally approved by a federal court, the agreement will bind the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) branch under Eduardo Aguirre.
The DHS' own Secretario Ridge signed the agreement on November 17, upon the advice and counsel of the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). This squarely in the disgraceful tradition of governments' complicit caving in the face of immigration litigation—for example, Governor Gray Davis' sabotage of Proposition 187.
(Note to Bushies: And look what happened to him!)
Rather than informing the public exactly what is going on with litigation-induced immigration policy, the federal government apparently prefers to communicate directly with the legal arm of the Treason Lobby and its illegal alien charges.
Since the first illegal alien applied for a "green card" under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, the Treason Lobby has been working overtime to expand the "rights" of illegal aliens who never had any right to be in the United States in the first place.
And once Congress made the fatal mistake of amending the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1986 to give illegal aliens the "right" to apply for lawful permanent residence under the Section 245A presence amnesty and Section 210 "special agricultural worker" (SAW) program, the ever-vigilant Treason Lobby went to work. They made sure to expand the "right" to as many illegal aliens as possible.
And the litigation never stopped.
The latest settlement wrinkle allows illegal aliens who commuted illegally in and out of the United States, both before and after the processing of their amnesty applications, to preserve their "right" to apply for amnesty – whether the application is completely fraudulent or not!
And of course, the litigation wing of the Treason Lobby saw to it, through federal court injunctions, that none of the illegal alien amnesty applicants (their precious class members) could be deported at any time during this most important litigation.
The Treason Lobby also made sure not to miss out on applying these class actions to recent giveaways under the LIFE Act, the relaxed asylum standards for Guatemalans and Salvadorans, and other litigation mischief.
So who is responsible for this continued expansion of any amnesty or stealth amnesty program that Congress dreams up?
Based on the laundry list of plaintiffs for the amnesty cases, the list will come as no surprise to VDARE.COM readers. Again, the usual suspects are the League of United Latin American Citizens, American Baptist Churches, Catholic Social Services the AFL-CIO, the United Farm Workers, as well as assorted leftist lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild, and their fellow travelers.
There is a lesson to be learned from the 1986 amnesty litigation mess. Congress had better wake up and realize just what happens when you start on the slippery slope of giving "rights" to illegal aliens who have no business being in the United States in the first place.
As long as Treason Lobby lawyers are around to profit from their illegal alien charges, the old saying still holds:
Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile.
Give 'em a loophole and they'll take a country.