Bullet list in order of nothing:
- I have no beef with anyone who wants to come to this country to work, pay taxes, etc. Have a set of standards for immigrants to meet, open the door and get the Hell out of the way. The Devil's in those standards, of course, and PeeCee can't have a seat at the table when they are drawn.
- I am a second-generation American myself (father's side), so everyone should get the same opportunity my Grandfather Phillip got: the right to survive with and on his own initiative, with no-one behind him to catch him if he fell, which he did (great earthquake in Frisco in 1906 wiped him out totally and then the Depression again 19 years later). His new synagogue in Portland set him back on his feet in 1906 with minimum assistance, for a minimum time, in return for work.
- It seems that the Rio Grande Compromise has these basic underpinnings, but it also seems to me that the basics won't buy votes, so let's take a broad guess at how they will "have" to be modified to make them into vote-buying material. BTW, you can use my title, Chuckie. It's the only thing I'm ever gonna do for you, you Gun-Grabbing schmuck).
No fair, you say, you can't assign Evil to a government program even before it's had some meat put on the bones?
Well now, Pilgrim, take the not-yet dead Gun control issue and the un-dead Gun Controller Chuck Schumer. We knew all about THAT fiasco before it started, didn't we? Feinstein and her gun-grabbers had their dancing shoes on before those little hearts had stopped leaking, didn't they? Quod Erat Demonstratum est.
Here are the big dangers:
- The "some more equal than others" ploy, You're an immigrant "waiting in line." Okay then, let's say that you are working and you have your choice of jobs:, both involve agricultural labor. Job "A" involves just showing up at the farm labor center, punching in and going out to work on a farm. Job "B" involves joining a farm worker's union, then showing up and working on a farm. Do you suppose Job A or Job B gives you the best "path to citizenship"? Now let's say you stick out Job B for two years, and a new program is announced to give low-interest loans to farmworkers to pay their $5000 fee and back tax bill (supposedly this will be a pre-requesite). Who do you suppose will get those loans, Jobholder "A" or Jobholder "B"? I knew you could see the light.
- Then there's the old "anchor-baby" ploy. There's already talk of making a smoother or quicker "path to Citizenship" for those parents with Anchor Babies. Look for this issue to raise it's ugly head, and very soon. This issue might very well kill the program right off the bat. Thing is, it doesn't have to be a fight here. We may be the ONLY Nation to have the Anchor-Baby Doctrine (and if we're not, you can bet all the ones which do are Socialist countries by admission and trying to become more so). This is a no-brainer: Instead of Anchor Baby status, give Dual Citizenship to the Anchor Baby. That way, the youth has an opportunity to live in the USA if it can arrange foster parent status or some FAIR way can be devised to "hold" a slot for the parents that doesn't trump any other immigrants' rights, but the parents aren't rewarded for breaking the Immigration laws to have the child here. No one is disadvantaged with the Dual Citizenship plan, and that way two parents and a child don't steal TWO "places in line" from someone who did NOT have an anchor baby.
- How do State's Rights figure into this new system? LOTS of opportunity for vote-buying here, folks. The Liberal States already heavily regulate and subsidize immigrant housing, and to some degree, there is other subsistance as well. How about the Conservative states? Let's take two States, California and Texas. Let's say the total value of immigrant housing bennies in CA is $1,000/month, and in Texas it's $600/month. Let's say the generous Feddle Gummint adds $400 month to that total in each State, so there's no favoritism there, is there? Nazzofast, Guido, now toss in the fact that CaliforniKa can't afford those extra bennies, but they pay them anyway, and then snivel up a bailout from the Feds, when Tejas doesn't need a bailout, pays it's own way. NOW who is cutting the fat hog? Why, it's both the State of Kalifornika AND the immigrants, and they both scratch each others' backs.
If this Immigration Reform, I call it the Rio Grande Compromise, is going to work, it has to have a fine nit-comb used on it to get out all the political lice, or those immigrants are not going to be anything but a mechanism to insure the complete and forever Socialist conversion of the US of A.
Oh, Wait, maybe that's the whole Idea.
Mister Representative, can I talk to you just a bit....