Thursday, April 21, 2005

McCain's Boneheaded Immigration Plan

Under their proposal, illegal immigrants would get three-year visas that could be renewed once. After completing six years of work, the immigrants would be eligible to "get in the back of the line" to apply for permanent legal residency, McCain said.

McCain, Kennedy to Propose Fining Illegals

You are in violation of American law. Here's your fine. Welcome to America.

This has got to be one of the more idiotic immigration proposals I have seen. Once you give an illegal immigrant a visa, he/she is no longer illegal. It’s amnesty with a stupid fine.

‘Deporting the 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the country is not practical, McCain told midshipmen during a guest lecture.’

Well, if you are able to give them a fine, they must be in some sort of federal custody. Thus, they could be deported. Throwing out a number like '10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants’ is dishonest, since we are only talking about the ones that have been caught. I can almost forgive Ted Kennedy since he is from Massachusetts, and after all, he is Ted Kennedy. But a Republican from Arizona ought to know better.

Bush’s plan is a little better in that illegal immigrants are to return to their home countries at the end of 3 years. It too falls short. All it does is make them legal for three years before they become illegal again. (Say, my three years are up, which way is Tijuana?)

Hold on to your sombreros: Below is an immigration position I can agree with.

"I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants."

"Clearly, we have to make some tough decisions as a country, and one of them ought to be coming up with a much better entry-and-exit system so that if we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them," --Hillary Clinton

Immigration is the one issue that can potentially split the Republicans. These guys had better get it together come election time.

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