Sunday, January 24, 2010

Time now for real immigration reform ~ By Tom Tancredo

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
Tom Tancredo By Tom Tancredo Posted: January 23, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2010 The Senate health-care bill is not the only monstrosity that died in Massachusetts on Jan. 19. Two days after the Massachusetts victory of Republican Scott Brown, Speaker Pelosi announced that she does not have the votes to push the Senate health-care bill through the House. A similar message is being delivered more quietly to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus: There will never be enough votes in 2010 to push the amnesty bill. To all but a few diehard zealots, the amnesty bill is dead. The nation can now move to an honest debate on true immigration reform. Of course, a few tone-deaf politicians are still laboring in back rooms of the Capitol to negotiate a "bipartisan compromise" that includes amnesty. Memo to Lindsay Graham and Chuck Schumer: The party's over. Move on. Thus in 2010, given that the liberals do not have the votes for a comprehensive amnesty bill, the Obama administration will use various stealth amnesty laws already on the books. For example, last week, Obama used current law to grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to 200,000 illegal-alien Haitians. These are not earthquake victims, not orphans and not refugees, but now, they are future citizens. Those 200,000 Haitians are now future citizens because the 18-month time limit will be renewed again and again until they eventually attain permanent status. Who would want to go home to corruption-plagued Haiti after getting legal status in the United States? To be fair, the abuse of the TPS program didn't begin with Obama; it has been going on for years. It is one more example of the need for reform of current immigration laws. Stopping a new amnesty is not enough. We need a reform agenda that can bring some coherence and sanity to our immigration system and bring it into harmony with other national goals, including national-security imperatives. READ FULL STORY >
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