A tight spot on immigration

Pursue legal status without giving Democrats the keys to the store

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A comedic essay making the rounds on the Internet observes that in America, “you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally.”

It would be funnier if it weren’t so true.

Yet, rather than seek to enforce immigration laws already on the books – or to just finish securing the border – Democrats in Washington are hellbent on “reform” that is little more than amnesty.

Why not? That’s millions of new voters (assuming they’re not voting already)!

The tide has turned in their direction, too, since Americans beat back such notions in the mid-2000s. The media refer to those who merely want the laws enforced as “hardliners.” Hmm. Are the enthusiastic proponents of “reform” ever called hardliners?

Be that as it may, the war is over. Law and order has lost. Now it’s just a matter of negotiating the terms of surrender.

Enter the Senate’s immigration bill.

Conservatives this week appear to have won a small but important concession: that border security be included with green cards for illegals.

We say “appear” because we simply won’t believe it till we see it. Security-minded Americans have been hoodwinked as far back as the immigration bill of the 1980s, when President Reagan thought he won border security. Turns out, amnesty was the only thing that came out of that bill, and illegal immigration continued to explode unchecked.

We also remain skeptical of Democrat intentions with regard to benefits and elections. Will Democrats just use the bill to sign up millions more for federal benefits, hoping that translates into Democrat votes? The Obama administration has been utterly shameless in soliciting dependents on Food Stamps and more.

Moreover, is this part of a plan to flood the 2014 midterms with new Democrat-leaning voters?

Republicans are in a tight spot. If they defeat reform, they’ll be characterized in next year’s elections as anti-immigrant. But in every nook and corner of this bill, they need to be wary of a Trojan horse.

Despite all our above concerns, we believe it’s time to consider a path to legal status – not necessarily citizenship – for illegal immigrants who’ve lived here with our implicit permission for years. We just don’t trust Democrats on this issue, either on border security or electoral politics.

It will likely be up to House Republicans to determine whether they’re being had by Democrats. If so, they need to have the gumption to say no for now to reform – and hope voters understand their hesitancy next year.

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b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/22/13 - 05:28 am
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bbbbbbbut......
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Think about this first paragraph.....

"""A comedic essay making the rounds on the Internet observes that in America, “you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally.""”

You will only get arrested if you are caught in both cases.

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Little Lamb 06/22/13 - 07:27 am
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bbbbbbbut.....

They actually have law enforcement officers patrolling and seeking and actually catching people hunting or fishing without a license; but INS and ICE agents are not seeking (thus, not catching) illegal aliens remaining in the country.

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t3bledsoe 06/22/13 - 09:00 am
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I thought we covered this subject yesterday.

Didn't we debate this subject yesterday ?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/22/13 - 09:03 am
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Bubba...hahaha. So true.

Bubba...hahaha. So true.

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RMSHEFF 06/22/13 - 09:25 am
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The fix is in....we will get

The fix is in....we will get this "amnesty" bill just like we did in 1986. They will be back in 10 or so years to do it again or we could just erase the border with Mexico and be done with it.

This bill does nothing to secure the border because both the democrats and the republicans don't want the border secured. The democrats see illegals as a permanent underclass and a source of reliable votes and the republicans see illegals as a source of cheap labor for all their big corporate friends. America is changed forever and the millions of Americans without jobs will have even more competition for a limited number of jobs putting downward pressure on wages.

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b b b bubba 06/22/13 - 09:32 am
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bbbbbbut....again.....
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then what is this story about?
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http://newsfixnow.com/2013/06/21/22-illegal-immigrants-found-northeast-h...
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so this shows there are INS and ICE agents hunting down illegal aliens.....
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and what about this?
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/25/obama-administration-deports-...
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Obama has deported how many?..... how many?..... sorry I still did not hear you.....how many illegal immigrants during his tenure?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/22/13 - 10:00 am
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Deportation

@ b b b bubba--9:30 am; I heard more have been deported under O O O Obama than any other p p p president!

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Truth Matters 06/22/13 - 10:00 am
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Deportation

@ b b b bubba--9:30 am; I heard more have been deported under O O O Obama than any other p p p president!

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/22/13 - 10:35 am
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@TruthMatters.....
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=^.^= LOL

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carcraft 06/22/13 - 12:32 pm
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Still leaves about 11 to 20

Still leaves about 11 to 20 million more to go! Of course we can't deport those living on welfare like the lady featured on fox news. 4 kids and complaining her welfare checks didn't go far enough.

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rmwhitley 06/22/13 - 03:42 pm
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I'm conservative,
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deeply racist as per liberal standards, a legal American and a taxpayer. I've had it with lying, gutless democrats out to steal everything that is not tied down. I suggest you libbies go back to the birthplace of your thug-in-chief, Kenya.

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chascushman 06/22/13 - 04:32 pm
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How about Obama's aunt and
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How about Obama's aunt and uncle? Obama’s uncle Onyango Obama and his aunt Zeituni Onyango are here illegally and his aunt is for sure living off welfare. Such a great family but very typical.

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Truth Matters 06/22/13 - 05:45 pm
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Obama

@chascushman...
Corporate welfare or social welfare?

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carcraft 06/22/13 - 09:29 pm
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Jobs or financial collapse?

Jobs or financial collapse?

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Darby 06/23/13 - 12:46 am
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There is no such

thing as corporate welfare. That's simply a term invented to prosecute and facilitate the war on free enterprise in this country.

It presupposes that all money belongs to the government.

Corporate welfare exists only in the twisted minds of socialists.

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