"Why Bush's border scheme won't work"
Posted Fri, Dec 12, 2005 at 3:41 am
Clarence Page says the latest version of Bush's immigration "reform" scheme is an amnesty. And:
...What's missing is a serious crackdown on the biggest magnet that draws illegal immigrants: jobs. Employers and consumers love cheap labor, as long as it is not competing directly for their jobs. Bush shows no desire to get in the way of that cozy relationship.
We don't need tougher penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegals; we only need to enforce the tough penalties that already have been legislated. Instead, employer sanctions have been so poorly enforced that prosecutions of employers have plummeted in recent decades. When the law lacks teeth, it is ignored.
The result has been a make-believe immigration policy: The president pretends that undocumented workers will police themselves, and the rest of us pretend to believe him.
We need something more sensible. America thrives on immigration. It is part of our national character. But we also need some semblance of order--and fairness!