Jul 27 2007
The far right litterally lied when they claimed all we had to do was exercise current law and we could fix our immigration problems. They crafted this lie because there was a chance the comprehensive immigration bill would pass the senate, and those here illegally for a long time would only be punished by a fine and back taxes, and held to the promise to stay crime free and register with the new immigration system. They called this less-than-deportation punishment “amnesty”. That is why I call them the Amnesty Hypochondriacs. There never was Reagan-style amnesty on the table – but they lied about that too.
But the current laws will not fix the problem, as is shown in this court case (among many others over twenty years of legal batterings which have neutered our immigration laws):
A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country.
U.S. District Judge James Munley said the city of Hazleton, 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was not allowed to implement a law that would fine businesses that hire illegal immigrants and penalize landlords who rent rooms to them.
“Federal law prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinances,” Munley wrote in a 206-page opinion following a federal trial in which Hazleton’s law was challenged by civil rights groups.
Welcome to reality folks. The far right thought they were being clever when the labeled punishments ‘amnesty’. They thought they were being clever when they said ‘just enforce the laws’. There is a line between ‘clever’ and ‘deception’. The far right crossed well over that line. The best that can be said is they were clever liars. But ‘clever’ doesn’t include instantiating the same busted system for another 5 years or more lengthening and deepening the problems we have. No, ‘clever’ is not a word I would use for that kind of disaster. And the voters will know not to trust the far right when they start getting ‘clever’ again. Reputation is everything in public policy debates. Once a party loses it is nearly impossible to get it back. Ask the Democrats.