Amnesty Again

By now you’ve heard about the immigration “compromise” plan unveiled on Capitol Hill this week.

Bobby Eberle
gives voice to the Right’s universal (well, near universal) frustration over the announcement. El Rushbo, Mark Taylor, and Rich Lowry’s takes are also well worth checking out.

My take: I’ve never supported a guest worker program or amnesty, so this is more of the same Bush-Kennedy-McCain drivel. But the President
seems to have found a brand-new way to make things worse: “The Bush administration insisted on a little-noticed change in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that would enable 12 million undocumented residents to avoid paying back taxes or associated fines to the Internal Revenue Service, officials said.” Soooo………what keeps this from being amnesty, exactly? What is the fair trade-off for the incredible strain we’re inviting on the country’s social structure?

As Duncan Hunter noted in the debate, the government has built a whopping two miles of border fence to date. Think about that:

6 years.
2 miles.

Although, there has been some silver lining this week: it’s not a done deal yet (Hugh Hewitt’s got contact info for a bunch of GOP lawmakers
here), and the whole affair illustrates that on yet another major issue, there’s only one viable conservative choice.
UPDATE: Kate has given us a heads-up of a lengthy cliff notes version of the legislation.

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