Debra J. Saunders

Two paragraphs later, Kennedy praised undocumented workers because "they work hard every day" -- in jobs for which Kennedy just said he would subject their employers to jail time.

Then Kennedy complained about an immigration raid at a New Bedford, Mass., company that "disrupted the lives of scores of families who had laid down roots in the New Bedford community." Despite his pro-enforcement claim, clearly Kennedy doesn't want real constraints on illegal immigrants.

What a bonanza for cheapskate companies who don't want to pay competitive wages.

Immigration warrants compromise in Washington. A savvy pact could bring some immigrant families into the America fold and seek a balance in the workforce that protects low-skilled workers and employers. For example, the Senate could vote to allow children who were brought into America illegally before 2007 to become citizens when they reach age 18. After all, it is not a child's fault if he or she is an illegal immigrant.

But this bill is not a compromise. Only one side -- the anti-illegal immigration side -- makes a considerable concession, while the pro-illegal lobby wins amnesty for illegal immigrants. And still pro-illegal groups complain that illegal immigrants might have to jump through some hoops, such as returning to their home country to apply for entry.

The only concession the pro-illegal immigration crowd makes is to honesty. Proponents say they don't want amnesty -- and then squawk at any conditions undocumented adults must meet to win citizenship. They say they want to go after employers -- and then protest enforcement actions against those who hire illegal immigrants. And they say they want to secure the border, as they give a green light to people who break border-crossing laws.


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