The senate went ahead and passed the monstrosity put forth by the supposedly(by their republican membership) conservative Gang of Eight. The claim is that we neeeeeeeed immigration reform.
That we need it for a number of reasons and that it wouldn't be fair, somehow, not to reform it.
The question arises "fair to whom?" The overwhelming argument seems to be that those who have come here in violation of our laws are owed some sort of consideration. That even more we must cater to those who have come here illegally and made or brought children with them who are then plunged into a morass of criminal victimization, being both criminals by their presence here and fodder for criminal elements, not the least of whom are the very coyotes who effected their infiltration into our nation.
This is not fair to us. The citizens to whom the Congress is supposed to owe their allegiance. The citizens who elected them. The citizens who can and should recall them.
I will grant you that it is very sad that children are affected. Children are often affected by the criminal actions of their parents. Does that mean that our laws should no longer be enforced against anyone with children? No one would or could reasonably argue that the harm done to the children of thieves or murderers, who are citizens, by enforcing the law against them is reason enough to let them go free. Yet that is the very argument we are given for immigration.
There is the argument that they are here doing jobs that "Americans won't do". Rubbish. Unemployment is still rather high in this nation and there are people who would do any job they can get just to put food on the table. I know some of them. Construction workers alone would refute that argument.
It seems to me that the truth is that the Congress is running out of money and rather than cut spending responsibly, they would rather find new people to tax. Apparently spitting on the current citizens and those who have bothered to come here legally is A-OK with the gang of Eight and those other senators who voted for this bill.
Mr. Whittle, of PJMedia, has said the problem is one of jobs. Maybe it is, but that doesn't justify allowing our laws to be disrespected.
A real solution might have been for Congress to fully fund ICE for the next 3-5 years and let them do their jobs. During that 3-5 years, while the American people are being reassured that the law is being enforced properly, the Congress could create a realistic guest worker program and streamline the application process for citizenship. Perhaps that sounded too difficult and complicated. It was easier, no doubt, to allow special interests to write a huge omnibus bill on the order of obamacare, full of God alone knows what and pass it so we can find out what's in it.
Shame on them.
"He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster." ~ Proverbs 18:9