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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Immigration policy

Senator Marco Rubio has been all over the media - conservative and otherwise - talking about his proposed immigration policy, which has the support of at least four Democrat senators and four Republican senators. The mainstream media (liberal) seem generally supportive, because it is a form of amnesty. Conservatives seem largely suspicious, because it is a form of amnesty. There are both good and bad points to his proposed bill, which I want to point out to you so you can keep them in mind as this debate continues.

First of all,understand that Marco Rubio is a skilled politician. I don't know how conservative he is or isn't, but he is definitely skilled. Everything he says - particularly that which grabs national attention - is smart from a political standpoint whether it comes from a principled position or otherwise. There is no other reason to explain why he announced this immigration reform bill before it is written other than that he needed to get the word out before Obama's speech about immigration. He recognizes that he and the GOP in general need to undercut Obama's continual GOP demolition. Here he is showing that Republicans are in fact reasonable and willing to negotiate. It is Obama who is not. He's trying to beat Obama at his own game by using the media to his advantage. Smart move.

Next, the contents of his proposed legislation. I listened to Marco Rubio when Rush Limbaugh allowed him to explain his proposition, since conservatives are rightly concerned that this is nothing more than a  repeat of 1987 amnesty which was supposed to solve the problem once and for all, but the border was never controlled so illegal immigrants continued to pour into the United States. Rubio's proposition is basically the same, even though he insists that if the border is not secure he will not sign it. That must come first. I was struck, as I listened, that Rubio came off as respecting and embracing conservative principles. As Rush said, he was passionate, clear, speaking from the heart rather than notes, and obviously believed what he was talking about. Among other things, his strong points include modernizing the legal immigration system so it doesn't take as long and incentivizes skilled workers at a time that America doesn't produce enough of its own skilled workers in certain fields. This is a good idea.

I was impressed again when Marco Rubio posted a response to conservative concerns at Red State. He made his case well. He said he wants to be transparent and open and for the American people to know exactly what he is doing and weigh in on it so they can make this bill as strong as possible. That's amazing, considering how Obamacare was rammed down our throats when no one - including Senators - knew everything in it, and a majority of the public opposed it.

Rubio shows a solid understanding of both politics and business in his policy, supporting a system allowing to food producers to pay less than minimum wage to those documented workers who are not legal citizens of the United States (currently illegal immigrants - and this is where the amnesty comes in), realizing that Americans aren't going to want to or be able to pay double what they currently pay for food, which they most certainly would if minimum wage were to become a requirement in that industry.

However, Rubio doesn't seem to realize that he's incentivizing more illegal immigration. It has been impossible to secure the border in the past, and who's to say we'll be able to do so now? Apparently some sectors along the southern border of the United States have greater improved their security, while others are dismally behind. Will we realistically be able to make an illegal-immigrant-tight border? I doubt it.

So does Ann Coulter. She really went off on his plan yesterday, and with good reason. Conservatives are right to be concerned and cautious about this proposed legislation, though they should commend Rubio for his transparency and invitation to become involved in the process rather than have it forced upon them as is the usual with our Congressmen these days.
Step One of Marco Rubio's plan is: Grant illegal aliens the right to live and work in America legally. (Rubio's first move in poker: Fold.) 

People who have broken our laws will thus leap ahead of millions of foreigners dying to immigrate here, but -- unwilling to enter illegally -- waiting patiently in their own countries. 

The only thing the newly legalized illegal immigrants won't get immediately is citizenship. Rubio claims that under his plan, they won't be able to vote or go on welfare. But in practice, they'll have to wait only until the ACLU finds a judge to say otherwise. 

Even under Rubio's scheme, all the children born to the 11 million newly legalized illegals will be instant citizens, able to collect welfare for their whole families and vote as soon as they are old enough. 

Which won't be long: The vast majority of illegal aliens are Hispanic, and Hispanics have a higher teen birthrate than any other ethnic group. In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That's a lot of Democratic voters coming. 

And look how great that's turned out! With Hispanics on track to become the largest ethnic group in California this year, the state that gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is incapable of electing any Republican statewide anymore. Taxes keep going up, and there's no one left to pay the bill. 

That will be our entire country if Republicans fall for Rubio's phony "Enforcement First!" plan. Perplexingly, some Republicans seem determined to turn the whole nation into California, in the foolish hope of winning one last election. 
She raises good points - especially about the judicial system. The Red State community has likewise posted rejoinders to Rubio's post yesterday.  Keep watching this.

If nothing else, at least Marco Rubio prevented Obama from blaming Republicans for all the nation's immigration woes on Monday, but will we get a bill that conservatives can get behind? I continue to doubt it. Even if the Senate miraculously writes and passed legislation that conservatives can live with - which is unlikely: Democrat voters by dependence on government (buying votes with welfare) are what they're after - and the House also passes it, Obama isn't going to sign a bill into law that he doesn't like. He'll just blame the Republicans for making it too unreasonable as is his standard battle plan.

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