The big problems with the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill at least get a certain amount of attention. For instance, the defeat of Senator Grassley’s amendment requiring effective border security before any illegal alien is awarded legal status puts into sharp relief the point emphasized by Senator Rubio last weekend (though only on Spanish-language TV):
First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. . . . It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.
The bill would create within USCIS an office to advocate for small businesses — who could object? Except the office would have the authority to interfere with an enforcement action and actually reverse penalties imposed on an employer.
The attorney general could provide a taxpayer-funded defense attorney to any illegal alien or group of illegal aliens to help them fight deportation in court, a costly benefit to which they are not now entitled, and to which U.S. citizens are not entitled in administrative proceedings (deportation is an administrative, not a criminal, matter).
Does that sound like “the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world,” in Rubio’s words?