Ira Mehlman

How many relatives? Any amnesty plan would immediately include spouses and minor children who may still be living outside the U.S. How many new (most non-English-speaking) kids should school administrators in Sen. Schumer’s hometown of New York City and around the country plan for over the next five or ten years? And since nearly every city and state is scrounging for every nickel they can find, who is going to pay for it? What about all of the other social and human services that state and local governments would be obligated to provide?

How would a secure ID system be implemented? To prevent future mass illegal immigration, the Schumer-Graham plan calls for requiring that biometric identifiers be added to the Social Security card. Leaving aside the inevitable legal challenges to such a plan, what is the likelihood that Congress would ever implement it? Five years after passage of the REAL ID Act – carrying out the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission – Congress and many state governments are still dragging their heels, and there are serious efforts to scrap it entirely.

These are just a few of the many, many practical questions that need to be asked and answered. Before we even get around to debating the ethics of amnesty for illegal aliens, proponents of amnesty have an obligation to present the American people with a workable plan for doing and paying for what they propose.

Unless amnesty supporters in Congress and the White House have some answers, the plan being offered by Schumer and Graham will not only turn into “the mother of all backlogs,” but the mother of all boondoggles, and the mother of all unfunded mandates.


Ira Mehlman

Ira Mehlman is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.