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Won’t Get Fooled Again

This latest iteration of the decade-old amnesty con contains the same old “back of the line” baloney as its predecessors. In other words, illegal immigrants will supposedly not be able to cut ahead of those who didn’t break the law. But, of course, that’s nonsense, because the only line they might have to wait in is the line for an actual green card. They will receive nominally provisional immigration status as soon as they submit an application — and with that the right to get a work card, a Social Security number (to replace the one they stole from a legal resident), and a driver’s license. Once they have that, what difference would a green card make?

The New York Times story on the amnesty plan falls for this trick. The second graf:

The senators were able to reach a deal by incorporating the Democrats’ insistence on a single comprehensive bill that would not deny eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants, with Republican demands that strong border and interior enforcement had to be clearly in place before Congress could consider legal status for illegal immigrants.

As should be obvious, it’s not “legal status” that’s at stake, because they’d get that immediately. The phony enforcement trigger (certification by “a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border”) would simply lead Congress to change the name of the legal status illegals have and give them a different color card.

To paraphrase The Who, “Meet the new card, same as the old card.”

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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