May 1, 2007, - 11:47 am
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s May Day, the day the illegal aliens march en masse and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents do nothing, because their superiors–like Michigan/Ohio ICE Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”–tell them to do nothing.
Sure, today, those aliens aren’t marching as much “en masse” as they did, last year. That’s because they feel quite comfortable here. The threat of the Tom Tancredo Republicans is gone. And now we have the Chertoff Republicans–or call them, the “Pelosi/Kennedy Republicans.” Same difference.
So what did Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff a/k/a “Mr. Burns” do today to address the illegal alien crisis? Well, if it’s like any other day, he did his daily morning run, which he obsessed about in Newsweek, last year. He’s more concerned about that than the state of the nation. There was another famous politician as obsessed with his running routine. His name was Jimmy Carter.
As for the rest of the day, Chertoff is likely on the phone or at lunch with Arizona U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal detailed the arm-twisting Chertoff is engaged in with Kyl in order to get the White House-backed immigration amnesty bill passed. Chertoff and the White House believe that the support of Kyl, considered a “border-state hardliner,” is essential. If he buckles, they believe the rest of the ducks are in line.
So they are giving Kyl the hard press.
Yup, instead of doing his job as Homeland Security chief (and why star now?), Chertoff is doing the bidding of Club Ted, U.S. Senator Ted “the Swimmer” Kennedy:
Senate negotiations over an immigration overhaul bill have reached a tipping point, as the White House tries to win over a border-state hardliner while not driving off Democrats heading in to the floor debate, due to begin in two weeks.
The administration’s legislative strategy is heavily keyed on Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), a conservative leader who criticized last year’s immigration bill for being too lax on enforcement and too forgiving of illegal aliens. This year Mr. Kyl has actively participated in talks led by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who is gambling that with Mr. Kyl’s support, the administration can win a majority of Senate Republicans and begin to make inroads in the House on what is become a legacy issue for President Bush.
The House is waiting to see if the Senate can complete action before the House takes up the issue this summer, and Democratic leaders want Mr. Bush to provide a bloc of 70 Republican votes to ensure passage and provide political cover.
Participants are reluctant to discuss details of the Senate talks publicly, but the heart of the White House strategy rests on pacifying conservative concerns over any “amnesty” in the bill by addressing a second concern on the right: “chain migration.”
Amnesty pertains to the legalization of undocumented workers in the U.S.; chain migration speaks more to fears that new guest workers will gain permanent residency or each new immigrant citizen will be followed by a chain of relatives.
To break this chain, the White House is proposing that current immigration rules that favor families would be replaced by more of a merit system making it harder to bring in siblings, adult children and possibly even parents. Temporary foreign workers would be required to go home after three years — or two, if they had brought their families with them.
Yeah, right. And that is gonna happen, how? How do you make “temporary foreign workers” and their families go home? We can’t even make the illegals that are here now–20 million of ’em–go home? We’re going to “keep track” of them for three years?! The way that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director of Detention and Removal Operations has lost over 600,000 illegal aliens? Puh-leeze.
The core of the plan still promises millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. a path to citizenship, which conservatives have criticized in the past as amnesty. But the process would take longer — 13 to 18 years — and be more demanding than what was proposed last year.
Mr. Kyl would have to swallow hard to accept legalization. He could argue to his constituents that by accepting the presence of undocumented workers now in the U.S. he has won a greater measure of certainty about the future.
Uh, why is a Wall Street Journal reporter (in this case, David Rogers), prepping Jon Kyl on how to buy into this BS amnesty bill and convince his Arizona constituents that it was “the right thing to do”? Email David Rogers and ask him.
Political tensions surfaced in drafting sessions last week, and the White House no longer thinks there will be time to vet the bill by taking it through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Kyl isn’t completely won over yet, but the administration is pressing to have a bill ready by May 14, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has set aside two weeks of floor debate.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.), the lead Democratic negotiator, faces pressure from immigration-rights groups and could yet bolt and take a bill to the floor without Mr. Kyl’s support. But the White House believes that the long process has forged enough loyalty among all the Republicans in the talks that even moderates on immigration, who supported last year’s bill, will be reluctant to join Mr. Kennedy.
For the Massachusetts Democrat, the administration’s credibility rests on its promise to deliver on a so-called “eight and five” formulation for the legalization of undocumented workers now here.
Eight refers to the number of years designated to clear the backlog of pending applications for permanent residency documents, or “green cards,” from persons abroad or living here with a legal work visa. Five refers to a five-year period afterwards, in which Democrats have been promised that sufficient new green cards will be issued so that the undocumented workers who have come forward to be legalized and meet the criteria set can get permanent residency.
That represents a huge administrative challenge for Mr. Chertoff’s department. To limit the numbers — and ease conservative fears of too many green cards — the application backlog would be confined to people who applied before May 2005, when major immigration legislation was introduced in the Senate in the last Congress.
“Clear the backlog of pending applications for permanent residency documents”? This is extremely disturbing, even if it is only limited to those who applied before May 2005.
I’ve already heard from several senior officials who work for Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) chief Emilio T. Gonzalez (the man who chose himself for an award he created for immigrants). They’ve told me that the status quo will continue–that applicants for green cards AND for any temporary workers program will be rubber-stamped through. Their names–and we have no way of verifying what their real names or identities truly are–will not be check with the TECS or IBIS databases (criminal and terrorist databases).
And, as I wrote last year, Sultan Farakhan–a patriotic CIS employee whose contract was not renewed by CIS because he spoke out–pointed out that CIS is not checking applicants for Green Cards against terrorism databases. And it’s giving bonuses to employees who rubber-stamp and speed through applications. The checks under this amnesty bill will be even less scrutinizing.
Heck, those doing the checking will not have been properly screened, themselves for criminal backgrounds. DHS plans to hire thousands of workers to do the screening, workers who themselves have not been checked. And then, they plan to rubber-stamp through 100,000 applicants per day for the Temporary Workers Program a/k/a amnesty. There is no possible way they can adequately check 100,000 people per day. And they won’t be, because as insiders tell me, the TECS/IBIS databases won’t be used. Hundreds of thousands of potential criminals getting a golden key to the country.
This is what they’re very close to convincing Jon Kyl to vote for.
There also is an unstated assumption that there will be significant attrition among the undocumented workers who actually apply. Early estimates were as low as six million or about half of the estimated 12 million in the U.S., but administration officials say those predictions are outdated and the White House is committed to providing adequate green cards so that all who qualify will get on in the five-year period. Even so, an immigrant must have his green card for another five years before becoming a citizen. That means the earliest undocumented workers could apply in 13 years, compared to about 11 years under last year’s bill.
That’s okay. The illegal aliens will stay here 11 years, 13 years–however long it takes while they are continuously cheating the system and here illegally. That’s why this ridiculous bill won’t work. And, of course, employers would never lie or vouch that someone has been here 13 years, when they’ve only been here 3–would they?
In the meantime, 13 years later, when Michael Chertoff is retired, relaxing, and playing shuffleboard in G-d’s Waiting Room a/k/a Miami, the alien invasion will have exploded exponentially. Because he helped make it happen.
But so what? By then, both Chertoff and Sen. Kyl will be rushing off to meet more important deadlines . . . like the Early Bird Special. Maybe if they’re lucky, they’ll get someone who speaks English to serve them.
If you live in Arizona, please contact Senator Jon Kyl and urge him to oppose this immigration disaster. PLEASE!
If you live anywhere else, do the same with your Congressmen and Senators.
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