The Corner

Subject: Or else, what follows?

Another immigration e-mail:

Throughout the White House commentary on the immigration bill the word “must” occurs with regularity. For example;

–To remain in the United States, the worker is subject to updated background checks on criminal and security history and *must* stay employed

–In addition, Z visa holders *must* pay processing fees

–If a worker is deemed eligible for a Z visa, probationary status terminates, and the worker *must* transition to a Z visa or leave the country

But the illegals “must” do a lot of things right now, including leave the country, and they are not doing them. The first step in solving this problem should be a demonstration that the government is capable of making people do what they “must” do. Absent that, the rest is a joke. The starting point for this bill is the assumption that we cannot deport any serious number of people. That takes the only reasonable enforcement measure off the table before anything else is done.

If all twelve million illegals refuse to aplly for a Z visa, then what? Or if they apply for a visa but don’t meet the conditions for one, then what? The answer, clearly, is “Nothing”.  This bill is the distilled essence of liberalism with its glib assumption that whatever the lawmakers ordain, that is what the people will do. And that is the kind assumption. It seems equally likely that everyone involved is being deeply cynical and that they have no expectation that the processes they are proposing will ever be followed.