Why are there immigration laws in the first place? For the benefit of the American people -- not for the benefit of people in other countries who want to come here.
But political and media elites treat the American people as if they are the problem -- a problem to be circumvented with sophistry and pious promises about border security that have not been kept in all these years since the last amnesty, decades ago.
-- Thomas Sowell, "Immigration Sophistry", Human Events
As the Gang of 8 introduces their proposal, just remember that all of your concerns are unfounded. Unlike previous amnesties, this one will not grow the welfare state; it will not affect wages; it will not change the composition of the country. Most importantly, it will finally ensure that we enforce the laws before people are granted amnesty. NOT!
-- Daniel Horowitz, "Hey, Charlie Brown, Are You Ready for Some Immigration Football?", RedState.com
Rubio said his comprehensive immigration plan isn't amnesty because "amnesty is anything that says 'do it illegally, it will be cheaper and easier.'" But, he assures us, it's "cheaper, faster and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years" -- as the law currently requires -- "than it will be to go through this process that I've outlined."
Then why is he doing it? If it's "cheaper, faster and easier" for illegals to apply for citizenship under current law, what exactly does Rubio's plan accomplish?
-- Ann Coulter, "If Rubio's Amnesty is so Great, Why is he lying?", AnnCoulter.com
If the ACLU can just tie up the E-Verify system at the DHS and in court for 9.5 years after legalization (which happens six months after the date of enactment) all the legalized illegals get green cards anyway, whether the system is in place or not. The same goes for the exit-visa system. Of course, the usual amnesty opponents in Congress have also been vocal this week.
-- Mickey Kaus, "Krauthammer Got Played", The Daily Caller
The Senate's immigration proposal contains a fatal flaw. It legalizes almost everyone in the country illegally, also known as amnesty, before it secures the border. As a result, the Senate proposal issues an open invitation to enter the country illegally.
--Rep. Lamar Smith
This bill is legalization first, not enforcement first. The day the bill passes there will be effective amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, with only the same promises we have heard before of enforcement to occur at some later date...
I am confident the American public will firmly reject it--and will demand reform that puts the national interest first.
--Sen. Jeff Sessions
We're very concerned that this bill is the same fundamentally flawed model from the past. It's immediate amnesty with a promise of enforcement.
--Sen. David Vitter
I do not think it is a good idea to start out an immigration reform bill that tries to address the needs of the 11 million upfront. We have the opportunity to straighten border security, reform our visa system and implement fully our long-sought-after visa entry and exist system.
--Sen. Mike Lee
The Gang of Eight's bill is aggressive and outrageous amnesty. It is instant legalization of all illegal immigrants in the United States, with very few exceptions. It contains only promises: the promise of a plan for border security, of a backup plan for the border security, and of workplace enforcement in the form of making E-Verify mandatory.
--Rep. Steve King
The core problem with amnesty is clear: It encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future amnesties, and it treats unlawful immigrants more favorably than more than 4 million law-abiding people who wait outside our borders, following the rules, for their chance to come to contribute to the economic and social well-being of America.
-- Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, "Taxpayers Would Pay for Amnesty", Heritage.com