NRO Says Amnesty Bill is “classic Washington: a plan to have a plan”

National Review has taken a thorough look at the Gang of Eight amnesty bill and concluded that it is fundamentally flawed.  It does not serve our economic or national security interests, and it would create a “permanent underclass of foreign workers.”

It is painful to watch Marco Rubio’s maneuverings on immigration. He is refusing to say whether he will vote “yes” on his own Gang of Eight bill after spending months drafting, defending, and helping shepherd it to the floor. He has supposedly discovered that the enforcement provisions are inadequate, although he has done countless interviews touting that the bill contains the “toughest immigration-enforcement measures in the history of United States” (which is what his website still says). At the same time, Rubio declares the bill 95–96 percent perfect.

This is all very confusing, but perhaps we can help the senator get his story straight: He should vote against the bill. It is an amnesty-first, enforcement-maybe program drawn up mainly to reflect the priorities of 11 million citizens of other countries rather than the concerns of more than 300 million citizens of the United States.

[T]he fines for illegal immigrants contemplated by the Gang of Eight can, under the current bill, be waived by DHS, and the collection of unpaid taxes applies only to levies already assessed by our dear friends at the IRS. The main security provisions of the legislation require only that DHS draw up a plan for security. (That is classic Washington: a plan to have a plan.)

The bill is full of flaws, but the article identifies the central or fundamental flaw, which is that “legalization of millions of illegal immigrants happens first, immediately and irreversibly.”  The bill is wrong “in its fundamental architecture.”

Read the whole article here.


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