In case there are still any suckers who think amnesty supporters will follow through on their promises to pursue enforcement once the illegal aliens are safely legalized, get a load of this:
The president made clear that he expected the people in the room to support the Senate proposal even if they had doubts about some details, participants said. Once an overarching plan was locked in place by Congress, Obama told the group, the administration would be able to revisit some of their concerns and figure out ways to improve it.
This was the same strategy regarding the 1986 law — once you have the amnesty, gut the enforcement. By the end of FY 1991, 2.5 million illegals were safely amnestied, out of the eventual total of 2.7 million. For that reason, Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy felt confident enough to try to repeal the ban on hiring illegals, which was the core of the amnesty-for-enforcement bargain in the 1986 law. In other words, once the pro-amnesty side got what it wanted, it moved to welsh on the deal. One of their allies in working to gut enforcement was La Raza official Cecilia Munoz, author of a report calling for reneging on the deal and repealing the illegal-employment ban.
Munoz is now in charge of immigration policy at the White House. And Hatch still graces the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body with his presence.
The only reason the pro-illegal-immigration crowd failed in repealing the legal-worker requirement was that Coretta Scott King stopped them. But they eventually succeeded in gutting enforcement administratively, so that by 2004, only three employers in the entire nation were fined for hiring illegals. And we have more than twice as many illegal aliens as we did in 1986.
Anyone who tells you the same amnesty-first approach will turn out any differently this time — with many of the same characters, no less — is sniffing glue. Or lying.