Liberal Republican Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has appointed the pro-illegal alien Texas Senator John Cornyn to head Judicary's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship.
Cornyn said of his appointment:
"President Bush has made his priorities clear in regards to reforming our immigration laws and I'll work to ensure that Congress takes up the President's call for action on this issue now," Cornyn said.
Cornyn is an old Bush protege, having served as Texas Attorney General when the President was Governor of Texas, and is a logical choice to spearhead the President's pro-illegal alien agenda in the Senate this year. Like the President, Cornyn is prone to disingenuous attempts to disguise his position on illegals by saying he opposes "blanket amnesty." Since "blanket amnesty" is a euphemism for universal amnesty for illegal aliens, and since neither the Reagan Amnesty nor any of the three Clinton Section 245(i) mini-Amnesties were universal, one is left underwhelmed by the bold proclamations of Republicans like Bush and Cornyn in opposing what has never been done and is supported by no one.
To oppose "blanket amnesty" is like opposing manned exploration of the Sun: who doesn't?
But Republicans in the Bush-Cornyn camp use the phrase "blanket amnesty" to posture as though they oppose illegal alien amnesties altogether, though the facts argue otherwise.
To legalize illegal aliens is to give them amnesty. Pro illegal alien Republicans such as Bush and Cornyn, along with McCain, Hatch, Craig, Cannon, Kolbe, Flake, and Schwarzenegger are Clintonizing the English language in their efforts to redefine amnesty and make their efforts to legalize illegal aliens more politically acceptable to a GOP base hostile to the notion of repeating the failure of the Reagan Amnesty on an even larger scale.
On his own Cornyn Amnesty, the junior Senator from Texas is as dishonest as they come. While claiming that his S 1387, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, is not an amnesty, Cornyn hopes that we overlook passages like this from his legislation:
SEC. 218A. GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS.
(i) ABSOLUTION FOR PAST ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR- An alien who participates in a guest worker program shall be absolved of all liability for illegal behavior, as such behavior pertains to the immigration status of the alien, that occurred before the alien's participation in the guest worker program.
SEC. 218B. EMPLOYER APPLICATIONS FOR GUEST WORKERS.
(f) ABSOLUTION FOR PAST ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR- An employer who participates in a guest worker program shall be absolved of all liability for illegal behavior, as such behavior pertains to the immigration status of employees, that occurred before the employer's participation in the guest worker program.
"Absolved of all liability for illegal behavior" = Amnesty.
Senator Cornyn's Border Security and Immigration Reform Act is, among other things, an Amnesty for Illegal Aliens and their employers.
Now, note the following...
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.
This means that Illegals crossing the border between now and President Bush's signing of Cornyn's bill (assuming it passes as written) would be eligible for Cornyn's Amnesty, so long as they get a job within the following year.
But of course, the guest worker plan Cornyn proposes "is neither amnesty nor a guaranteed path to citizenship."
One has to wonder, will any of Specter's Republican defenders, like Hugh Hewitt, second guess themselves for having saved his job this past November?
The wonderments keep piling up, we're still wondering if Hewitt has figured out that there is no hairsplitting difference between legalizing and regularizing illegal aliens.
Update - 01/23/05
For more on Senator Cornyn, read Cornyn Amnesty Interview: Deconstructing Texas' pro illegal alien Senator