So ... "comprehensive immigration reform" is dead ... I know the horse it dead, but I'm gonna beat it anyway.
I've been listening to the Michael Medved Show on my iPod most days (I really do enjoy his show and agree with him on many issues). One of his main areas of focus for the past several weeks has been this comprehensive immigration reform. He's been spending lots of time discussing it, inviting guests to speak on it, trying to persuade the populace that it's much better than the general populace believes.
But see ... that's what it all comes down to. What the populace believes.
It may be true that the now-dead legislation had better provisions than the 1987 bill, which would've allowed law enforcement to actually do its job.
It may be true that the now-dead legislation had "triggers" in it that had to be activated before other provisions in said bill could be set in motion.
It may be true that "only those with long-standing ties and proof of those ties" would be allowed to apply for citizenship.
It may be true ... but now it's dead.
What I've heard is ... let's enforce the laws we already have on the books! -- Do we actually believe that the liberals in power in so many places will allow those laws to be enforced?
What I've heard is ... giving illegals the chance to apply for citizenship will allow them to come out of the shadows and do the right thing. -- Do you actually believe that all the illegals will come out into the open? If they had no problem *not* doing the right thing, and getting away with it without impugnity, do you actually believe that all of them will have a sudden change of heart and do the right thing? Some might. Not "all," by any stretch of the imagination.
I've also heard, from callers to Michael Medved's show, that while they like living in America, if they have to go back to their home country for any length of time and apply for citizenship from there, they won't go. Not all illegals are gang bangers, not all are illiterate, not all are criminals -- you can't pidgeon-hole them all into one socio-economic group. Some have come to our country and made a good life for themselves; some have come to our country, skirted every law that interfered with their personal plans, done what they want and have no intention of leaving ... or of leaving our country the way they found it, rather preferring to help try and make it into a version of the corrupt and dangerous place they left.
What I've heard is ... build the fence!!! -- do I trust that the fence will actually be completed? Do I trust that border patrol will have the funding for enough border agents to actually ensure that illegals won't find ways to cross it anyway? Do I actually believe that the fence will be enough?
What I've heard is ... abolish the 14th Amendment, get rid of the anchor baby provision. Hey ... we're all anchor babies and our children are anchor babies. You're going to have to work on the anchor baby thing a little bit more before you can get rid of that provision ... something like a child born here has to be the offspring of legal citizens in order to have citizenship. You can't just say "no more anchor babies."
What I've heard is... we have to deal with the 12 million illegals that are here, "just ship them back home, keep them from coming back." What I know is -- that's not fully possible because it's a logistical and paperwork nightmare. We don't currently have the manpower and facilities to do that ... and the politicians don't have the will ... and the American people (especially those on the Left) don't have the heart to enforce that. Keep them from coming back? We can't keep them from coming in the first place.
What I've heard is ... illegals just come here to make a better life for themselves. What I know is that the number one import to Mexico is the American dollar! Just think how our economy would benefit if those dollars stayed here in our communities. Just think how our tax base would be helped and maybe we wouldn't have to cough up "just a little bit more" quite so often.
What I believe, however, could be something else.
I don't believe that a comprehensive immigration reform package will be easy. The Dems want to build their base, and I think they're hoping for at least temporary voters from latinos because they (the Dems) are supporting open borders ... once the more traditional illegals learn English well enough to understand the crap the Dems are spewing, they'll run the other way, but not necessarily to the Republican Party by default, because they've been offended by the most rabid of immigration opponents. Nope, those latinos will choose to be independent and vote for specific candidates and issues. They'll eschew parties altogether.
I don't believe that mass amnesty is feasible ... or desireable. I do believe that it's going to take a very long time to try to determine who should be allowed to stay and who should be forced to leave.
I don't believe that a simple computer program to do background checks will be put into place ... I do believe, however, that because of the illegal immigration situation and the talk about getting "unforgeable" (ha!) biometric identification for "them" ... we're all going to get caught up into the same net and be forced to carry national ID cards with us. OK, so most people with anglicized features would likely not get pulled over for suspicion of immigration problems.
But seat belt laws were supposedly never going to be enforced outside of stops for other traffic violations, right? Now they're mandatory and we're threatened with "Click it or Ticket" .. how long 'til they charge drivers with endangerment or some such thing because their passengers chose not to fasten their seat belts????
Seems to me that social engineering always starts with little "voluntary" measures that evolve over time.
Call me a crazy Christian conspiracy theorist if you want to, but the next step after an "unforgeable" identification card will be bio-chips of some sort ... and as they get more and more commonplace (I first heard of them 10 years ago and they're being used as a "come on" to college students for free Spring Break getaways), they'll become more and more accepted, and more and more expected and then more and more enforced and ... a certain segment of the population knows where I'm going with this ... it's very easy to see them as being used for permanent identification, even to being used as the mark of the beast. (Yes, I'm going back through the Left Behind series again.)
So, back to immigration....
As I said before and I'll say again ... it's all a matter of trust. It pains me to say it, but I don't trust government much. If they're not the solution, it's likely that they're part of the problem. The bunch in office right now are part of the problem, and we need to get some in office with cojones of steel who are willing to do the right thing and back it up.
I can't wait until Fred Thompson gets into the race officially ... I'll be keeping a close eye on the news this week. Could Fred Thompson help us toward independence from the crazy leftists who want to drum down the road to socialism?