[Recently by Don Collins: Justice Smith vs. Common Sense (And U.S. Senate!) On Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses]
The battle for real immigration reform is now truly joined.
Among the significant immigration-increase provisions of the bill are:
Although supporters claim S. 1033 contains measures to increase border security, it contains virtually no such provisions.
But S. 1033 does require machine-readable immigration documents and creates a new electronic work authorization system that would eventually replace the current "I-9" system.
S. 1033 would also require the federal government to reimburse states for the cost of providing emergency health care to H-5A and H-5B workers—i.e. the cost will be shifted to the American taxpayer.
We might as well start by getting our definitions correct.
No longer can the debate be denied by The Statue of Liberty Argument ("bring me your tired, etc.") and/or charges of racism against any American who asks "Why can any alien who wants to get into this country, including terrorists?"
It is a positive step, albeit only a beginning, but perhaps the first major immigration reform since 1986.
In July the Minute Men are going to initiate a similar operation in California, where massive numbers of newly arrived illegal aliens are talking freely about taking back California for Mexico—Reconquista!
Many elected politicians of Hispanic origin are parroting their demand, suggesting that the electoral process will soon make California a Mexican subsidiary. I am sure more thoughtful American citizens of Hispanic origin are not pleased at the thought of transplanting to California the type of utterly corrupt, oligarchic governance exhibited by Mexico for decades.
The cheap labor crowd will continue to make common cause with the Hispanic lobbies such as LULAC and La Raza. They will fight tooth and nail against the most basic and fundamental tenet in true immigration reform: Making employers ensure that their hires are here legally—and if not, make the employer fines so stiff that they will obey the law.
Farmers and food processing operations hire illegal aliens aplenty. But when you add the various scams used by other companies to import engineers and other high paying jobs that force American engineers and other professionals into unemployment or under-employment, you realize the formidable extent of the power anti-reform bloc.
Oh, and don't forget the powerful university community which wants more foreign (full paying) students, who often displace our own kids, but brings in billions to academic coffers annually.
Let's hope enough Americans will be awake and alert enough to save their country.
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.