Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Amnesty vs. Border Security

Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from last year’s defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who don't have Republican Party victories in their game plan. One of the worst of these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for immigration amnesty. Amnesty advocates try hard to conceal their message in deceptive words. Just remember, reform, comprehensive, earned legal status, and path to citizenship are all code words for amnesty. Rep. Steve King of Iowa explained it best: the essence of amnesty is to “reward them with the objective of their crime." Ann Coulter said that amnesty is “suicidal” for Republicans. Promises by the amnesty advocates to secure the border after the illegals are granted residency, or even simultaneously, are unbelievable. In the famous words of Yogi Berra, an oral agreement is not worth the paper it is written on.

The American people want the U.S. Government to obey and enforce existing laws. That starts with building a fence on our southern border, which was required by a 2006 federal law, and signed by President George W. Bush in a well publicized photo op. Instead of building the fence that Congress ordered, the government spent nearly $2 billion building what was called a virtual fence. It didn't work, and now is being dismantled at additional expense.

Before we even start talking about amnesty, the American people want and expect a border fence to be built like the efficient, successful fence that protects the border near San Diego. That means a 12-foot-high double fence with a road in between. We also want enforcement of the entry-exit system, whereby people admitted on visas are tracked to make sure they leave the U.S. when their temporary visit expires. That’s another federal border law that has never been enforced.

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