January 15th, 2007 by Kevin
Since an overall amnesty bill is receiving resistence despite Democrats, President Bush and Mexico's best efforts, it look like they may be going for the piecemeal approach to try to sneak it under the radar.
Joined by lawmakers from Florida and California, and backed by hundreds of farm, labor and church groups, Craig is reintroducing a guest-worker plan that's been debated for years. As many as 1.5 million farm workers and their relatives now in this country illegally could gain legal status under the bill.
The bill is bipartisan, introduced by Republicans Craig and Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Democrats Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., helped negotiate the package and introduced an identical bill in the House.
The legislation would grant "blue cards" to illegal immigrants who could prove they had worked in agriculture for at least 150 days in the last two years. They must continue working in agriculture for several years before attaining permanent legal status.
So we're granting legal status to people that can prove they've been breaking the laws for five months or more.
Well we were promised that along with amnesty, we'd get enforcement. Let's see…
- Border fence? Unfunded, unbuilt and in fact efforts are being made to repeal it
- Employer enforcement?? Non-existant
- Guard on the border?? Yeah….and running away.
So I see no enforcement so far….which is about on par with history. Back in 1986 we were promised that amnesty would solve all our problems. Which explains why we're still having this problem. Actually it doesn't. The fact that enforcement of our border never happened does however.
It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I hereby declare Congress officially insane.