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Taqiyya in Immigration

The Democratic amnesty bill is almost like something I’d write as a parody. Sec. 157, for instance, prohibits the arrest of any illegal or criminal alien on the premises of, or in the immediate vicinity of, a childcare provider, a school, a legal-service provider, a Federal court or State court proceeding, an administrative proceeding, a funeral home, a cemetery, a college, university, or community college, a victim-services agency, a social-service agency, a hospital or emergency-care center, a health-care clinic, a place of worship, a day-care center, a head-start center, a school bus stop, a recreation center, a mental-health facility, or a community center. Depending on how you define “immediate vicinity,” that wouldn’t leave much of anywhere to arrest illegal aliens, which is the point.

But this bill is more than just an object of hilarity. It accurately reveals what the open-borders side really wants, or at least what they think they can safely reveal about their goals. The counterpart bill in the Senate, to be introduced early next year by Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, will have the same broad outlines but won’t be quite as wacky. But the difference between the bills won’t simply be one of degree, like whether we should buy 10 new fighter jets or 20. Rather, the Senate bill will be an exercise in taqiyya or dissimulation, an attempt to deceive the public into believing that the supporters of legalization will vigorously enforce new, tougher immigration laws in the future once the current illegal population is amnestied. The House bill makes clear, in this provision and in many others, that that’s simply not true.

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