In the frustrating patriotic immigration reform effort, one of the hardest things to do is to talk to families who lost loved ones because the federal government refuses to enforce the law. So many senseless crimes have been committed by so many countless deportable aliens that it’s often hard to keep track of them, so frequently do they occur.
Does Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) want illegal aliens to vote? And is he concerned that maybe they won’t? Some of his recent statements at least raise these possibilities. Gutierrez, the most passionate and outspoken advocate of amnesty in the House, complained that President Obama’s decision to postpone his decree of amnesty until after the November elections will “repress the vote in the immigrant community.”
The term “carte blanche” is a French term that translates as “white card” or “blank paper.” In English it’s used to mean “free reign” or a “blank check” – meaning that because the space is blank where the check amount normally would be, the bearer can write in any amount.
Another way of describing this is to say that for the person who has been given carte blanche, price is no object.
No one believes anything the White House or Congress promises about its willingness to enforce immigration laws. Congress never enforced the laws written into the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act as they pertained to hiring more border and internal agents to check for entering or employed illegal immigrants. As a result of 25 years of looking the other way, few Americans trust that the government will spend the $45 billion allocated in S.744 for additional security. But even if it does, the money would be wasted without political will.
On April 10, the day of the illegal aliens’ Gran Marcha, I was in Senator Marco Rubio’s Washington D.C. office to meet with two of his immigration aides. CAPS had launched an aggressive Florida advertising campaign to draw attention to the damage that the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, at the time being secretly drafted, would have on Florida’s unemployed.
The impossible-to-kill DREAM Act has again bubbled to the surface. Although multiple versions of the federal DREAM Act have been defeated for 12 years since Illinois Senator Richard Durbin first introduced it in 2001, the legislation routinely reappears. Now, according to The Hill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte are in the “early stages” of drafting DREAM legislation.
On July 10th, the House held its first Republican conference regarding the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The outcome was encouraging. None of the representatives indicated that a well defined immigration reform action plan had been identified.
The “Eight Gangsters” cobbled together the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744, purportedly to fix America's broken immigration system. A review of their legislative handiwork makes it clear that what they think is broken does not coincide with what most Americans think needs fixed.