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“Enforcement First” Charade

This is a little late, but here’s a posting I did at The Hill’s Congress Blog on McCain’s La Raza speech. I hadn’t heard the Q&A from that speech until today, but there was at least one important answer from McCain. When pressed whether he supported a single comprehensive bill — one bill — that included both enforcement and legalization, he emphatically said “yes.” In other words, we’re back to the same old phony “trigger” idea, where amnesty is promised to the illegals after some benchmarks are met. This may sound plausible, but it’s a dodge — what we’d be likely to see is all illegals getting a provisional amnesty right away (like last year’s infamous Z Visa) and the only thing “triggered” would be the former illegals’ move up to the next status. This is why we don’t need a bill that promises “enforcement first,” but one that is “enforcement only,” with any discussion of legalization put off to the future. That means lots of the illegals will have left by the time we get around to an amnesty, if that’s what happens, and it’s precisely that fact — i.e., that some of today’s illegals will not get legalized — that is unacceptable to the amnesty crowd, including Sen. McCain. For him, amnesty is the goal, and the rest is just the spoonful of enforcement to help the amnesty go down.

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