You have got to be kidding, Democrats!
Nearly half of my party members in Congress joined with Treason Lobby Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) to introduce the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) on December 15, 2009.
Just in time for Christmas, they have let the 25 million Americans who are either unemployed or relegated to part-time work know that the elected elites in my party simply don't care about them.
According to the language of this piece of treasonous perfidy, amnesty would be offered to every illegal alien now here. That number is in dispute, but probably some 12 million and likely many more would come out of the woodwork if this abomination were to somehow slither through. And we know that President Obama would be willing to sign such legislation—based on his past statements and his appointment of an open border Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.
Folks, we are talking equity here. In a high tech era, where China, India and others are racing forward to surpass us in promising areas such as environmental controls (China) and high grade engineering education (India) and many others where we have sold our technology cheap, now is obviously not the time to increase future flows of low-skilled, low-wage immigrants.
Last time I looked, we were running a huge federal deficit, with projections of same running far into the future. In the opinion of many analysts the USA is actually bankrupt, issuing dollars which the world is taking with less and less enthusiasm.
But then there is no really good time for legislation such as this. It simply shows how far out of touch these elites are with real folks who are suffering real deprivations as this recession stretches into what many believe will be years of flat or worse job opportunities.
The bill specifically offers these law breaker aliens a fix-up-your-immigration-status-price of $500. Imagine. I can't even rent a low price car for a week on that amount. But I say that no price is high enough for keeping our Rule of Law intact.
The Obama Administration has shown no real capacity to enforce our borders and ports. This bill would weaken even the present situation. I bet the immigration lawyers will find the bill most helpful in expanding their capacity to protect those presently here illegally. And we the taxpayers will pay the bill.
While many of the states—including Georgia, where one of my children lives—are getting tougher on enforcement, a new amnesty bill will undermine and override such efforts.
At a time when there are vast legitimate concerns about who is coming here, based on reports of terrorism in Europe and home-grown jihadists here, are we anxious to keep the flood gates open?
Or is this the moment when a responsible Congressional leadership and Administration would use their present power to enact an immigration moratorium, which could allow unemployed Americans the chance to find jobs?
I suspect that come the midterm elections, if long past history is a guide, the Democrats will lose some 30 seats in the House. But they could lose many more, if they try to ram this obscene CIR ASAP down the throats of Americans.
In fact, if another amnesty passes, I am going to change parties, vote Independent, and pray we can find a candidate who represents our country—not these politicians who have the chutzpah to attack America when it is in its present vulnerable condition.
Who are these people? They must be crazy or feckless or probably most likely in the pocket of the same business interests and ethnic/ideological advocacy groups whose efforts so far have allowed over 50 million newcomers, most in the last 12 years, to invade America.
How Gutierrez and the other Democrats in Congress who joined him can go home to their states for Christmas and face their constituents I simply cannot fathom.
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.