Non-voting-Amnesty should still require border security first

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cautionDeVine Law has long argued that it is disingenuous to have lured cheap labor to wet their backs in the Rio Grande on the way to living in American shadows with de facto amnesty for decades, only to  then declare them “criminals” after 9/11. And we have favored non-voting rights/non-full-citizenship for long-term residents as the most acceptable amnesty-alternative, albeit with non-amnesty-like fine and back tax-payment requirements. We also don’t accept think the slippery-slope argument of inevitable court-imposition of voting-rights as persuasive since nothing stops an activist liberal court from doing that now.

But as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has persuasively argued, the immediate legalization of millions of mostly unskilled and semi-skilled workers will further erode a five-year-depressed labor market and wage rates for citizens; and so think it best to follow Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and insist upon a secure border first with only gradual legalization.

Yesterday’s GOP-establishment-push for amnesty:

In what was clearly a coordinated effort by the establishment, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor issued a call for passing immigration legislation this year during their weekly conference meeting at the same time Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue made an emphatic pitch for amnesty.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) both included an immigration rewrite among the top 2014 priorities they outlined during a closed-door meeting with the GOP ranks, lawmakers said after the gathering. Mr. Boehner told Republicans on Wednesday that he expected to release a set of GOP principles in the coming weeks. The speaker had announced in November that Republicans, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), planned to draft the guidelines before bringing any immigration bills to the House floor.

Although many House Republicans have been wary of changing immigration laws, GOP leaders have consistently maintained they plan to tackle the topic in their own fashion. Mr. Boehner told lawmakers Wednesday that “‘This is an issue we have to deal with and I continue to believe that,’” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.). [WSJ]

All this while President Barack Obama LOWERS expectations:

We do not accept the nervous-nellie-establishment-GOP fears that Republicans can’t win elections without granting amnesty or that doing so would greatly increase their share of the Hispanic vote. The election of 2012 was lost due to white American economic and voting drop-outs, not a paucity of Hispanic votes cast for Republicans. And even if one lives and dies by between-election polls, it appears that Obamacare and failed Obamanomics are persuading Hispanics and young people that voting for failed Democrats was a mistake.

If there is to be amnesty, then the non-voting rights version is far superior to any alternative, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask that our elected officials, not an independent commission, first certify that the border is secure. The obvious and best way to make legalization of millions palatable by making such future mass invasions less likely would be to erect a self-enforcing border fence.

But for that, we would need many more Republicans elected to Congress that have a spine as dense as the steel of a fence post.

DeVine Law


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