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Friday, January 21, 2005

Cornyn Amnesty Interview: Deconstructing Texas' pro illegal alien Senator

After being appointed by Arlen Specter to Chair the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, John Cornyn (R-TX) was interviewed by Ernesto Londono of Al Dia, the Spanish language affiliate of the Dallas Morning News, and spoke of his desire to legalize millions of illegal aliens:

Mr. Cornyn says he would like to continue a project he started in 2003 to create a guest worker program that would give temporary legal worker status to illegal immigrants in the United States. The proposal, which expired with the end of Congress last year, would have allowed foreigners to work in the country for a year at a time up to three years.

The Cornyn Amnesty would have done more than that, it would have legalized illegals who took jobs even after it was signed into law:

Sec. 218A.(c)(2):

EXCEPTION- Notwithstanding paragraph (1), an alien may apply for admission to the United States under section 101(a)(15)(W) without regard to any previous period of unlawful presence in the United States if the alien applies for such admission not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003.


Sec. 218A.(f) UNDOCUMENTED GUEST WORKERS- An alien employed in the United States on the date of enactment of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003 who does not have proper documentation of authorization to enter the United States shall be required to show evidence that the alien--

(1) was in the United States on the date of enactment of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003; and

(2) is employed on the date on which the guest worker registers to participate in the guest worker program.

That would have meant that illegals who crossed the border anytime before President Bush signed the bill (had it passed as written) would have been eligible for Cornyn's Amnesty so long as they got a job within the following year.

Back to the article:

In an interview with Al Dia, The Dallas Morning News' Spanish-language newspaper, Mr. Cornyn suggested that he would hope for cooperation from the Mexican government in working to overhaul the immigration laws.

Mexico has no power or incentive to help overhaul a system which has rewarded 2.7 million illegal aliens with the Reagan Amnesty and another million illegals with the Clinton Amnesty.

Talk of legalizing illegals from politicians like Cornyn and President Bush only encourages more Mexicans and other foreign nationals to break our laws and become illegal aliens.

Question: Immigration reform is a very polarizing issue on Capitol Hill. How do you plan to push through an immigration reform bill?

Answer: This is an area that remains very contentious in Congress, and part of what we're going to have to do is educate members of Congress and the public about what our options are. Doing nothing is not an option.

It isn't members of Congress and the public who oppose legalizing illegals that need educating, it's pro-illegal alien Republicans like Senator Cornyn. This is the false dilemma of the pro-Amnesty crowd in the GOP: that our only options are doing nothing, mass deportations, and Amnesty (even as they pretend that their plans to legalize illegals aren't Amnesty).

Watch, here it comes:

Question: What are the options?

Answer: During the last 20 years, we've done a very poor job of controlling our borders. In a post-9/11 world, we must do a better job at controlling them. Ten million people are living here outside of our laws. Some people suggest we ought to have massive deportations. But I don't believe that the American people have the stomach for that, nor have we calculated the damage [that would cause] to our economy.

Reaching a consensus on reform should be a priority.

The president's leadership on this issue with his temporary worker program is a very positive step. This [appointment] will give me a chance to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and elevate this issue.

If Cornyn would take off his pro-illegal blinders, he would recognize that legalizing illegals has already failed under Reagan and Clinton, leaving us with the problem that we now face. We already have a consensus: enforce our laws and fine those who employ illegal aliens, as much as Cornyn wants to ignore the truth.

The solution is self deportation.

Question: What's your personal take on amnesty?

Answer: "I think amnesty is the third rail of the immigration debate. I understand why some people object so firmly to it because they say we don't want to reward people for illegal conduct.

But we have to deal with some of the economic realities of why people come to the United States. In many countries just next door to us, people don't have an opportunity to provide for their families, and they do what any of us would do. We all understand that. It's a matter of striking a balance between that and respecting both our laws and the efforts of those who have come here legally. I think rather than talking past each other, we need to start talking to each other. Trying to reconcile all these conflicting emotions and goals is not going to be easy.

Someone call Laura Ingraham, we've got a "but monkey."

"I understand why people don't want amnesty, but..."

How can legalizing illegal aliens respect either our laws or the efforts of those who have come here legally? What about those foreigners who want to come here legally and haven't broken our laws, even though President Bush chooses to ignore such lawbreaking and constantly promises to reward it? Guest worker amnesties inherently favor the illegal alien who has entered illegally and can prove that he has worked illegally (likely by way of perjurious IRS forms) over the lawful guest worker applicant who didn't trespass and didn't steal a job.

Politicians like Bush and Cornyn need to stop denigrating honorable occupations like construction, meatpacking, manufacturing, hotel, restaurant, and janitorial services, etc., as being beneath consideration for Americans. Has it occurred to these cloistered politicos that the average American blue collar worker might not want to be the only English speaker on a crew at wages that have eroded because the Open Borders Lobby doesn't want to enforce the law against illegal aliens?

Question: What do you think of the role Mexican officials have played in shaping this debate?

Answer: Mexico has been very active on this front. I've enjoyed our meetings with colleagues from the Mexican government. But they need to understand how controversial the subject can be here and not add to controversy.

Cornyn ought to stop listening to corrupt Mexican officials who aren't his constituency. Their interests are not American interests.

Question: What were some of the shortcomings of past landmark immigration reform bills?

Answer: The biggest shortcoming was the lack of enforcement. The last big immigration bill was sold on the basis of allowing people to adjust status while also getting tough. We just haven't done that. It's sort of like Prohibition. You know when there's such vast disregard for the law, there is something wrong.

As part of this process, we need to have a national conversation. The arena is primarily given to interest groups that scare people. And the result of that is that we're doing nothing for too long.

The reason we've done nothing is largely because the GOP took a hike on illegal aliens after Proposition #187 passed in California in 1994. The retreat was led by Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett, and Texas gubernatorial candidate George W. Bush. Later, the GOP-controlled Gingrich Congress passed two Section 245(i) Amnesties for President Clinton to sign.

President Bush has done little to confront illegal aliens since taking office that wasn't related to the War Against Jihad. Bush sat silently as his Treasury Department wrote guidelines for banks to accept Mexico's matricula consular ID cards for illegal aliens. Bush did little to end the catch and release policies that have allowed the number of illegal aliens to abscond after losing their deportation hearings to double in his first term to more than 400,000 today.

Illegal aliens have "vast disregard for the law" because our politicians have "vast disregard for the law."

What Cornyn fails to understand is that America has been having a national conversation about illegal aliens for a decade, but he and the Open Borders Lobby in the Republican Party haven't been listening.

Question: Would you want to see stricter enforcement in some areas?

Answer: I think we need better enforcement. There need to be caps on legal immigration. America is not overwhelmed. But we simply can't accept everybody. I think we are well on our way to better enforcement. Part of that is due to efforts to combat terrorism. But if we don't have comprehensive immigration reform as a part of our border security and homeland security efforts, we're doomed to fail.

It is a Pavlovian impossibility to simultaneously reward and discourage a behavior. Amnesty rewards lawbreaking. Legalizing illegal aliens is Amnesty.

Amnesty is failure. Amnesty failed under Reagan, and failed under Clinton.

Cornyn advocates Amnesty. Bush advocates Amnesty. McCain and Hatch and Cannon and Kennedy and Berman and Craig and Kolbe and Flake all advocate Amnesty. So does the New York Times. Every last one of them is an advocate for a failed policy that History and common sense inform us can't possibly work.

And every last one of them is secure in their elitist certainty that they are better, smarter, and more compassionate than the average Americans from all walks of life who are weary of our politicians' excuses for not doing their jobs.