Bob Dane

In the wake of Arizona’s new laws, the illegal alien special interests are working overtime making their last ditch pitch for amnesty before mid-terms elections, robotically reciting how they want to “fix” our immigration problems:

“We need to fix our broken immigration system. We need a path to citizenship for undocumented workers so they can go to the back of the line, get right with the law, and implement an orderly flow of needed workers, and a policy which secures the borders.” 

For those in the know, of course, it’s all nonsense - word play and empty promises:

Rush Limbaugh

Fix A Broken System: When they say the system is broken they actually mean illegal aliens face deportation, and that America is not admitting enough legal immigrants fast enough. The fact is illegal aliens aren’t supposed to be in the United States - by definition they do not have legal status. As regards our level of legal immigration, America currently allows in more than one million people a year, more than any other industrialized country on the planet.

The bottom line is that the only thing broken about our immigration system is an unwillingness to impose sensible limitations and enforce the laws.  Truth in labeling might suggest that their version of “fixing a broken system” should be read as “making a broken system worse.”

Path to Citizenship: Euphemisms for amnesty wear thin quickly so the new phrase “path to citizenship” has entered the lexicon. We already have a “path to citizenship” and it starts with applying for a green card and getting in line. 

Go to the Back of the Line:  To most people, going to the back of the line would mean returning home, filling out the necessary forms, and then waiting for a reply.  What amnesty advocates mean by going to the back of the line is that we create a brand new line for those who have broken the law right here in this country. 

Get Right with the Law:  This phrase suggests that administratively converting 13 million people from illegal status to legal status “gets them right with the law.” Accommodating law-breaking by simply rewriting the rules to fit the circumstances is one of the most insidious aspects of amnesty.


Bob Dane

Bob Dane is the Director of Communications for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.


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