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By Christopher G. Adamo
Ostensibly, the Pence proposal would incorporate the “best” of both worlds, including provisions from both the U.S. Senate’s recently passed guest worker/amnesty bill, along with the U.S. House version that focuses on immigration enforcement and border security.
Unfortunately, the Pence bill would ultimately constitute no less a “sellout” on immigration than that attempted by the Senate, albeit this effort would be spaced out over a few years, which might be enough time to diffuse public outrage. Far from truly dealing with the immigration crisis, it represents the deepest desires of those who have no real intention of admitting the true nature of the problem. Thus it cannot possibly offer a real solution.
Hardly a matter of personal animus towards people of a different ethnicity, Americans are deeply alarmed over the immigration issue, as it poses a threat to their country’s future. In order to comprehend the continued danger it represents, it is first necessary to analyze the present state of immigration and its adverse effects.
Illegal immigrants are moving into the country in hordes, taking jobs at substandard wages and with few or no benefits (thus suppressing the wage base for all working class Americans), and making up the difference by disproportionately accessing and exploiting the nation’s social “safety net.”
In essence, employers increase profit margins by shirking such expenses, compelling honest taxpaying citizens to pick up the tab. Moreover, the ravages of “multiculturalism,” along with an increasingly separatistic outlook and philosophy among the aliens, make it very unlikely that this growing Latino subculture in the U.S.A. will ever assimilate into “mainstream America.” Thus the American nation faces eventual “Balkanization”-- disappearance of America's common national culture, identity and loyalty, resulting in the dissolution of American national unity and development of the U.S.A. into a weak and divided multinational state.
The Pence plan would do nothing whatsoever to address these problems. Instead, it would require a few token gestures by the illegal invaders, such as a brief return trip home for symbolic processing through a socalled “Ellis Island Center,” after which the individual could then return to the U.S.A. to take up business as usual.
Nor should anyone fall for the incessantly repeated mantra that these “Ellis Island Centers” could somehow better address the situation simply by being privately run. The only “virtue” that could be considered a universal advantage of private industry over government is in the area of efficiency.
What “efficiency” means is that profit margins of these centers, must undoubtedly directly result from their ability to rubber-stamp as many applicants as possible. Therefore, they would have little incentive to thoroughly screen or possibly reject any who come through their doors. And certainly, nobody expects the government to enforce such policy. It has not done so thus far.
Ultimately this entire process would amount to a meaningless “fig leaf” being applied to the problem. Yet, in the minds of typical bureaucrats, the problem is thereafter “solved” and hence we can all rest easy.
This “fix” stands as grim proof that, outside of a few courageous stalwarts such as Congressman Tom Tancredo (Republican - Colorado), Washington has no intention of addressing the problem. A few obvious questions about the present strategy lay the facts bare.
First, why does the U.S. Senate summarily reject any proposal that does not include a “guest worker/amnesty” provision?
The disturbing answer is simply that this is the only agenda item of any immigration “reform” that the Senate has any intention of ever implementing. “Border control” is nowhere on the radar screen among Senators, and, if included in any bill, it is assured to be denied funding, delayed, and otherwise neutralized in perpetuity.
The Pence proposal ostensibly offers “border control” as its initial focus, followed in two years by the guest worker/amnesty provisions. Yet, such a strategy presumes that the borders will be secure in two years. Undoubtedly, this approach is a backdoor avoidance of the whole issue of “border control,” since, no matter what condition the border is in at the end of two years, the guest worker/amnesty portion will proceed on schedule.
If Pence truly believed in his proposal as a workable solution, why does he not offer it in two separate bills? The Congress could conceivably pass true border control measures, concurrently vowing to craft and pass “guest worker” legislation once the borders are obviously under control and the actual circumstances of such a follow-up can be properly assessed.
In reality, the very nature of any legitimate “guest worker/amnesty” program would be completely at odds with unscrupulous business owners who thrive on a compliant “underclass.” The “needs” of business for immigrant workers will only be met by an unabated influx of illegals. So, from their perspective, the borders cannot be closed.
As Michael Barone points out, until only recently, Congressional Republicans had resolutely refused to consider any measure containing a guest worker/amnesty proposal. But that may be changing. Chris Cannon, Utah member of the U.S. House of Representatives, despite being an open borders advocate, recently won his primary contest against a staunch border control opponent.
As a result, some Republicans in the Congress believe they may have a bit more room to waffle on this issue, without reaping fatal political repercussions. In truth, their very willingness to reconsider such legislation proves that they were never serious about protecting the integrity and sovereignty of the American nation in the first place.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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