comprehensive immigration reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform" ("CIR") is a euphemism for an illegal alien amnesty, combined with supposed increased border security and supposed increased workplace enforcement. Some versions include some form of guest worker plan, an increase in bureaucracy to deal with the flood of applications, new ID requirements, and so on.

However, whatever the details, CIR is a scam built on a series of lies. Due to a sympathetic, corrupt media, CIR supporters are constantly allowed to jabber on in support of CIR but are never confronted with the hugely obvious downsides:

1. CIR would give a tremendous amount of additional political power to the Mexican government, far-left organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, racial power groups like the National Council of La Raza, League of United Latin American Citizens, and MALDEF, and so on. Those groups currently fight against border security and workplace enforcement, and they aren't going to completely do an about-face if CIR passes. They'll continue fighting against the border security and workplace enforcement provisions of CIR, no matter what they say now.

2. CIR supporters say that the system does not work, which is highly misleading. The problem isn't our current laws, the problem is that most politicians are too corrupt to enforce those laws.

3. CIR would not be the last amnesty, and in fact would lead to more amnesties down the road. It's a way for the Democratic Party and various power brokers to obtain more power. They aren't going to pass up an opportunity to add to their power.

4. It will lead to additional illegal immigration. Whatever euphemism supporters want to use, millions - perhaps billions - of people around the world will see it for what it is: amnesty. Millions of those will try to come here, knowing that if they can stay under the radar long enough they'll be granted their own amnesty.

See also the DREAM Act (a mini-amnesty) and this discussion of the talking points used by amnesty supporters.

Last modified Jun 15, 2009
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Sarah Sanders admits Trump wants comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty - 09/06/17

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Donald Trump threatens amnesty yet again (60 Minutes, transition 2017) - 11/13/16

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Greg Orman misleads on immigration using cookie cutter talking points - 09/28/14

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Ed Schultz opposes Obama's immigration executive order, partly due to impact on workers - 07/30/14

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Latest Greg Sargent, Simon Rosenberg deception: pass amnesty to stop kids crossing the border - 06/24/14

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Jim Wallis has a low opinion of his supporters (Sojourners, immigration reform) - 02/19/14

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US Chamber of Commerce to "pull out all the stops" for immigration amnesty - 01/08/14

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Nancy Pelosi: just being here illegally "is not reason for deportation"; cheers George Bush on immigration - 12/16/13

Rep. Nancy Pelosi appeared on Telemundo yesterday and showed that she has little use for our immigration laws.

DHS nominee Jeh Johnson supports Senate immigration amnesty bill, prosecutorial discretion - 12/13/13

Jeh Johnson is the nominee to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and it appears he'll be confirmed.

Jared Polis in illogical tirade on House floor (immigration, amnesty, Colorado) - 12/05/13

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10 immigration questions for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook, - 11/24/13

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The video below features Guy Benson of Townhall, HotAir, and Fox News outlining his immigration position. He admits that he was "hopeful" that the Senate would come up with an immigration bill that was "workable".

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This site has covered politicians saying some dumb things, and the following quote from RNC chairman Reince Priebus ranks right up there (link):

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CBO: Senate immigration bill means lower wages for millions of American for over a decade (S744, budget deficit) - 06/19/13

The Congressional Budget Office recently released a report containing economic projections for the Senate amnesty bill S.744 (cbo . gov/publication/44346).