WEEKLY STANDARD (!!!): Gang Bill Too Much Like `86 Amnesty Fiasco
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H/T The Weekly Standard (!)

From the VDARE.com point of view The Weekly Standard has a dubious provenance. And its silly foreign policy stance is not central to our interests. Our paths rarely cross.

So I was very surprised to see on Real Clear Politics The Amnesty Next Time By Fred Barnes which is apparently from their print issue dated May 20, 2013 and is subtitled The specter of 1986 haunts the immigration debate

This accurately discusses the Simpson-Mazzoli fraud

In 1986, three million illegal immigrants in the United States were given the right to become citizens. It was a full-scale amnesty, created by a bipartisan majority in Congress and signed into law by President Reagan. It had one big flaw.

The amnesty went into effect immediately. And strong measures to secure the border with Mexico and prosecute employers who hired illegals were to follow…

But strengthened enforcement never happened—that was the flaw—and the bill produced a perverse result. Rather than halt the flow of illegal immigrants, the 1986 law actually spurred millions more to come.

Barnes then notes Thursday’s mark-up demonstrates the Democrats positively reject any actual tightening of Border policing, fully backed by the RINO Traitor contingent:

Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, a member of the Gang of Eight, said illegal residents live “in the shadows, and we’ve got to bring them out'.

(VDARE.com question: Why?)

Barnes seems to take comfort in the attitude of

Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Even before I asked a question, he said, “We need to learn the lesson of the 1986 legislation.”… House Republicans are wedded to the idea of “border security first, legalization second.” And Goodlatte said he wants to produce an immigration bill—or a series of bills—that most House Republicans will vote for. That’s probably impossible unless legalization is delayed.

Promises no longer cut it –

Ignoring Congress on immigration isn’t new. Goodlatte cited a 1995 law authorizing an electronic system to flag expired visa holders. “That’s never been put into effect,” he said.

Barnes concludes by considering the Schumer shuffle which also caught my eye

Sessions is tough and smart and always prepared for debate. He asked Schumer, “Do you dispute the fact that we will probably legalize over 30 million [immigrants] in the next 10 years?” “Yes, I do,” Schumer said. Okay, Sessions replied, what’s the correct number? He never got an answer.

Much is made of how the 2013 Amnesty push has support from new elements compared to 2007. But this time the previously housebroken Conservatism Inc periodicals – including even National Review – are messing up the floor.

(Strangely, this piece has now disappeared from Real Clear Politics.)

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