Tom Ridge: "This time we mean it. No really. Really! We really mean it this time!"
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told a Miami audience Tuesday that the country should legalize millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.
"The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and then enforce it..."
"I'm not saying make them citizens, because they violated the law to get here," he said. "So you don't reward that type of conduct by turning over a citizenship certificate. You determine how you can legalize their presence, then, as a country, you make a decision that from this day forward, from this day forward, this is the process of entry, and if you violate that process of entry we have the resources to cope with it."
Isn't legalization a reward for illegal behavior? Is Ridge so incompetent that he doesn't realize the internal inconsistency of his statement?
What do we do after Ridge's pledge to finally enforce immigration laws in the interior turns out to be just more BS? Interior enforcement has dropped sharply over the past few years. This article has all the details. If Ridge is unable or unwilling to enforce our immigration laws in the interior now, what makes anyone think he will do so in the future? What happens in another decade when there are millions more illegal immigrants here, yet another amnesty? Won't this "non-reward reward" of legalization - as well as the prospect of a yet another amnesty - just encourage further illegal immigration?
Why don't we give a try to enforcing our current immigration laws in the interior like we used to and see what happens?
At the same time, we could discourage future illegal immigration by not accepting Matricula Consular cards, giving illegal aliens driver's licenses, giving illegal aliens a better deal on college tuition than citizens, and all the rest.