Michael Chertoff misleads, promotes immigration "reform" at Yale (New Haven)
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff visited New Haven, Connecticut yesterday to deliver a keynote speech at Yale Law School. That city offers its own ID card for illegal aliens, the city employee who pushed that plan (Kica Matos) use to head a group that was working with the Mexican government to pass out Matricula Consular cards, and their mayor (John DeStefano) may have a financial interest in a bank that would accept the city's cards.
Did Chertoff take New Haven to task for that? No, of course not. Instead, as he's done before, he promoted "comprehensive immigration reform", showed once again that he's too corrupt and too much of a Bush lackey to do his job, and tried to mislead.
Chertoff said he predicted a year ago there would be "a patchwork of rules" across the country, if Congress failed to deal with the tough issue of border security, while also providing a path for the undocumented to come out of the shadows.
That's the pitch for "reform".
"I'm sad to say that warning was accurate," Chertoff said, referring to New Haven's approach as one extreme, with Pennsylvania and Virginia at the other end of the spectrum, where there have been attempts to make it illegal to rent to undocumented residents... "Enabling people to break the law is not something I can endorse," Chertoff said, but a practical middle solution that the majority can agree on is the best thing for the country... He said it was "unrealistic" to think of deporting millions of illegal immigrants.
Chertoff is misleading about the last: we could deport millions of illegal aliens if we absolutely had to, but it would enact a terrible price in both property damage and lives. However, if Chertoff actually did his job we could encourage hundreds of thousands or millions to leave on their own over time. Chertoff has shown time and time again that there's a huge difference between his job description and the job he was brought on to do.