The "Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007", as released last night and spread across the internet this morning.
Read the reader comments on the side to see some of the astute criticism of this act. I'd go through it in detail, but it would take me forever to do so, simply because there is so much information to process, and lot that needs to be said. Needless to say, this whole bill needs to be scrapped, and we need to secure our borders first...then talk about what we're going to do with illegal immigrants, migrant workers/guest workers, and those who want to come to America to live.
The PDF file is 326 pages long, and this isn't the complete, final version. In recognition of his efforts, I want to extend a very gracious h/t to Truth Laid Bear for this wonderful slice of information, and all of the work put into making this large piece of doomed-to-fail legislature easier to for the eyes and the brain to digest.
To quote our "esteemed" Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff:
"You know, Wolf, first, I understand there's some people who expect anything other than capital punishment is an amnesty. The reality is the proposal here requires people who came in illegally who want to stay to pay a penalty. Like a fine. That's a punishment. That's not an amnesty."
See the video here.
THIS is the kind of statement that keep conservatives like me from becoming a member of the Republican Party. Chertoff is an idiot, and a complete failure at his job if he thinks this immigration bill is going to do anything for homeland security.
Someone comes to this country illegally, hops the border, and the best you can do is FINE them??? For the love of Christ on a bike, you can't be serious, can you?!?!?!? Why bother having Border Patrol and I.C.E.??? Just have them pay their one-time fee as they come across!!!
This is probably a good thing, statements like this will KILL any public support out there for this bill.