The Gang of Eight bill: Not bad, but terrible for America

From granting amnesty to possibly allowing illegals to get in on the DREAM Act, it really is the pits. So much for Rubio's assurances. Photo: The Gang of Eight

FLORIDA, April 18, 2013 — After a few months on the back burner, illegal immigration is once again dominating our national dialogue. 

Yesterday, the much talked about Gang of Eight legislation was made available to the public. It is called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

That the first two words form the initial B.S. could not be more appropriate.

Daniel Horowitz, a blogger at RedState, delivered an excellent analysis of this 844-page-long monstrosity. As of his posting, he had read 100 pages. He says that “there is one overarching theme.  This bill will keep our system in a perpetual state of de facto amnesty for years to come, engender the need for future amnesties, and never ensure true enforcement.”

Horowitz points out that “this bill fails to mandate any specific trigger for legalization”. If the Secretary of Homeland Security presents a plan for securing dangerous points along our borders in a half-year period, then illegals become eligible for what is called Regitered Provisional Immigrant status. 

Horowitz explains how “(t)he bill prescribes a 12-month open enrollment process for the RPI status….it cedes a lot of power to the Secretary.  She will have the authority to extend the application period for another 18 months (page 69).  Now, we know from the conditions of the bill that almost every illegal in the country could be eligible for RPI status until proven otherwise.  In fact, even some aliens already deported can come back and apply for the status.”

As if trying to achieve the impossible, B.S.E.O.I.M.A. gets worse.

According to Horowitz, the Department of Homeland Security will be forced to allow illegals, including those in custody, to apply for RPI status. “During this period of no deportations,” he says, “many more people will come here illegally or overstay their visas.  What would be the deterrent?  Does anyone really believe that after the application process is over, they will suddenly make a 180 and deport those who didn’t come forward?”

Here’s the clincher: “(G)iven that the E-verify and watered-down visa tracking system don’t have to be implemented for 10 years, we will be dealing with many more illegals.” Still sorrier is that “(b)y the time the 10-year deadline comes due to grant the RPI illegals green cards and citizenship (unconditionally within 3 years), we will probably have more illegals than we have now.”

Horowitz warns that the RPI status “will ostensibly halt all deportations for 2.5 years.  Subject to the discretion of the DHS….they could completely shut down deportations because any illegal can potentially be here before 2012….And anyone could potentially be eligible for the Dream Act, because, unlike previous iterations, this one does not mandate a maximum age for eligibility.”

If this doesn’t convince all reasonable Americans to not board the GoE’s gravy train, then I don’t know what will.

In addition to mocking the efforts of legal immigrants, the B.S. bill will allow for an economic nightmare to become America’s reality. The economy is bad enough as it is; can one imagine what it will be like with millions of additional low-skilled laborers flooding the job market? Twenty years from now, becoming a fry cook might be a competitive career path in the same way that white-collar professions are today.

This is sheer madness. Whether one tilts toward the left, leans over to the right, or stands tall in the center, the B.S. bill is bad for all of us. Ethnicity, race, or religion matter not a whit; amnesty has no prejudices of any kind. It is sure to cause fiscal chaos on as diverse a spectrum as can be imagined. 

Can there be a worse immigration policy than this? Other than reverting to the days before America even had immigration restrictions, how on earth can there be a more ludicrous plan?

Don’t be fooled by slick talkers like Marco Rubio, who spent a great deal of time on the Sunday talk shows shilling B.S. to the masses. Don’t be fooled by partisan claptrap, either. Don’t even be fooled by the common left-center-right ideological labels. The campaign against amnesty is not a matter of personal charisma, party rancor, or conservatives-versus-liberals. 

It is a matter of preserving the quality of life which Americans have known since our country entered the first world.

We must never, ever forget that.   

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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