The 'Gang of Eight' prepares for failure

The 'Gang of Eight' will produce a sweeping, comprehensive, rational immigration reform bill. Or not. Photo: AP

YAKIMA, Wash., April 10, 2013 — Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, stated Sunday on Face The Nation that an immigration bill crafted by the Gang of Eight, of which he is a member, will be done by the end of this week. He claimed all major issues have been resolved.  

Really.

With his Republican counterpart Senator John McCain sitting next to him on national television, Schumer said, “All of us have said that there’ll be no deal until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill, but hopefully we can get that done by the end of the week.” 

At the same time Senators Schumer and McCain were engaged in mutual admiration on CBS, their fellow gang-member, Senator Lindsay Graham, appeared on Meet The Press. There he stated unequivocally to Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, that no immigration deal will be reached unless border security can be guaranteed. How do you guarantee border security?  

The U.S. has been trying to secure its border with Mexico for decades and at a cost of billions of dollars. After all this time and money spent, the only obvious accomplishment has been a population increase of unaccounted millions of illegal aliens who have been living for years inside the U.S.  

How do you secure an open border? Even the East Germans couldn’t secure their border with the West.  


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Truth be told, American businesses and American farmers don’t really want a secure border. They want cheap labor. Who would harvest the crops? Who would bus the tables in America’s restaurants? Who would do all the low paying, menial jobs of America’s retail giants?

“We need to have a path to citizenship, and we need to have secure borders,” McCain declared, “and we also have to have a robust guest-worker program so people will not hire someone who is here illegally.” Good luck with that.  

At the present time, it is illegal for businesses in America to hire illegal aliens. It’s a law that businesses cannot comply with because of all the counterfeit documents. When an alien presents illegal documents to a business, the business has had little support from the federal government in verifying those documents. Often times the business doesn’t take the time because they know it’s a futile effort.  

What does McCain mean when he speaks of a “robust guest-worker program”? Does he mean we need a program of granting more than 200,000 guest visas, or does he mean we need a program which is sophisticated enough to catch bearers of illegal documents or unscrupulous businesses?  


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How does the Senator connect the pathway to citizenship with securing our borders? Senator Graham minced no words about connecting the two. His position simply put is: no secure border; no granting of citizenship. This is the hardline position of most tea party Republicans, and they don’t seem willing to compromise.   

Here’s the raw truth: Big business wants access to cheap labor, but Republicans don’t really want to see any increase in the Hispanic voting population.  

The way to accomplish these two goals is to tie both the guest worker program and the pathway to citizenship to that of securing the U.S. border with Mexico. How would this work?

The guest worker program would supply enough aliens to work the low-paying jobs most American citizens won’t do. Knowing the 1,969 mile border with Mexico can never be totally secured, aliens attempting someday to become citizens would be denied.  

Granting citizenship based on the securing of our border is something the Supreme Court may eventually rule on. The possibility reeks of discrimination no matter how it plays out.

Larry Momo writes for both The Washington Times Communities Politics and the San Pedro News Pilot.

 


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Larry Momo has been labeled by his family as a curmudgeon, nit picky and a complainer.  After four years in the Air Force working for the National Security Agency, Mr. Momo returned to the city of Los Angeles and attended Cerritos College and the University of Southern California.  He studied political science and accounting before taking the helm of the family business. 

Some years later, he sold the family business and moved his family to Yakima, Washington where he developed a business in micro-computers.  After sixteen years of programming, Mr. Momo accepted a CEO position of a small company near Portland, Oregon, from which he retired in 2004. 

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