I’ve been a staunch opponent of illegal immigration for years. I loathe it, I loathe the mechanisms that have spawned it, I loathe those who exploit it, I loathe everything about it.
And I deeply, deeply loathe the current illegal immigration bill.
But, at heart, I am a pragmatist. I have no stomach for tilting at windmills.
I suspect the “fix” is in and the current proposal will pass, in some form or another. I am pretty much resigned to it.
I acknowledge that dealing with all the illegal aliens here now is pretty much impossible, especially given the current political climate. But can we at least do something to make sure that the hemorrhaging at our borders is checked in some small degree?
When the Immigration and Nationality Acts of 1965 were passed, we were promised that they would put an end to illegal immigration — at that time, about 200,000 per year.
In 1986, 21 years after everything was supposed to be fixed, the illegal immigrant population was pegged at around six million. So we passed another immigration reform law that was supposed to make everything all better.
Now, another 21 years have passed since we took care of the illegal immigration problem, and we have anywhere from six to 20 million illegals. Let’s split the difference and call it 13 million.
All I ask for is a few simple things from any immigration bill:
1) Some measures that at least pretend to staunch the flow of illegals across the border;
2) Some sort of promises that this might actually work, and not lead to having to deal with two to sixty times as many illegals in another 21 years.
I’m not even asking for guarantees. I know better than that, when dealing with politicians. Just give me a fig leaf, a plausible lie that I can pretend to accept.
Is that too much to ask for?