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Joining the Line


Mark Krikorian’s post below and Michelle Malkin’s column are quite right. To dump a gazillion illegal aliens on the present immigration bureaucracy and pretend they can all be efficiently “processed” is completely dishonest. When the President says they’ll have to take their turn “in line”, he forgets there is no line: BCIS is an overwhelmed agency where even routine, essentially non-discretionary applications – ie, foreign spouses of US citizens – are backed up for years. Once millions of Mexican “guest workers” are tossed into the waiting room, that will become the political priority and, to process them, hundreds of adjudicators will be diverted from the cases of legal applicants.

In his speech at Hillsdale College’s Churchill Dinner a few weeks back, Karl Rove described poignantly the situation many fine upstanding members of the Undocumented-American community find themselves in – you’re here illegally, living in the shadows, and you hear your beloved gran’ma has been taken sick back in your village in Mexico, and you long to see her one last time to say goodbye as the mariachi band plays softly in the street below. But you can’t risk it because you know you might never get back in to America.

I wanted to leap up and say: Fer cryin’ out loud, have you ever tried being in the legal immigration system waiting for final adjudication and then trying to fly back to the old country to see your dying Gran’ma? She wasn’t dying when you filed your initial application. She was a healthy, vivacious 38-year old but the intervening decades took a grim toll…

My own view is that the entire US immigration system should be outsourced to that guy in the 7-Eleven parking lot who got four of the 9/11 hijackers the ID with which they boarded the plane. It would be just as insecure and arbitrary and national-security-threatening, but at least Manuel does it in 24 hours and for 75 bucks.


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