What I’ve read of the democrats “framework” for immigration is enough to convince me they don’t get it.
Wording that would prevent local states to have a say in how immigration is enforced, especially in absence of Federal response, completely misses the mark. States have been howling for at least five years for federal help. Federal response, when it comes, doesn’t stick around.
Federal lawmakers need to stop treating illegal immigrants as potential voters with special interest groups that have more access to our government in Washington, than the local citizens who don’t have access to powerful lobbying interests in Washington. It is why Arizona’s solution, while an unfair burden on law enforcement, is the only one I’ve seen that makes any sense for long-term.
I’ve read a statistic from an immigration lawyer, that less than 4% of illegal immigrants are deported. Immigration law, as implemented by the Federal government, is not working.
Federal politicians are not the ones to be deciding what crimes go unenforced locally. Before they even think about passing more immigration laws, especially ones granting any special privileges to the ones here, they need to increase border security first, and second begin enforcing immigration violations that are apparent everywhere in the United States today.
I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic to the many illegal immigrants who work hard, and want to stay. But as long as powerful special interest groups continue to use illegal immigrants to influence America’s political landscape, they are part of a larger problem of special interest lobbies influencing honest citizens’ lives.
As an added note to this, I believe any union or special interest group who encourages, or takes part in illegal immigration reform protests should have all federal funding completely cut. They are undermining America’s laws.