Kevin James

Members of the U.S. Senate seemed genuinely surprised that the American people so vehemently objected to the Senate Immigration Reform Bill. The reason was obvious – the Senate had no credibility whatsoever regarding the "enforcement" or "security" aspects of the bill.

The Senate could not, and cannot, produce one piece of evidence to demonstrate that they would EVER make good on their promise to ensure that the border is secured (at any level). The American people, however, can produce more than 700 miles of evidence demonstrating that the "security" aspects of the bill would never be implemented.

The Senate could not, and cannot, produce any evidence to show that they would make the illegal aliens pay fines or satisfy any of the other "enforcement" provisions. After all, we were told time after time that we could not round-up and/or deport the illegal aliens, and that we could not put them in prison, etc. How then could we ever make them pay fines or enforce the other unpleasant parts of the bill?

In addition to 700 miles of evidence demonstrating that the "security" aspects of the bill would never be implemented, history supports the same conclusion. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (also negotiated in secret and presented to the American people as a fait accompli) resulted in an alarming increase in illegal immigration – its enforcement provisions ignored. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Simpson – Mazzoli) resulted in an alarming increase in illegal immigration – its enforcement provisions ignored. Indeed, for each illegal alien granted amnesty in 1986, four additional illegal aliens entered the country. Finally, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 remains a victim of political gamesmanship even though it was signed into law by President Bush and has been funded … allegedly.

Attempting to pass such an important piece of legislation at light-speed and without the committee process also left doubt in the minds of the American people. When quizzed about a cost analysis of the bill, Senator Voinovich (R-OH) admitted that he had not read the bill he was supporting (in addition to admitting that he was not familiar with The Heritage Foundation’s cost analysis of the bill ($2.3 trillion)). How many other Senators had not yet read the bill they were supporting?


Kevin James

Kevin James began his professional career in 1988 as a lawyer with one of Los Angeles' largest law firms. Soon thereafter, Kevin spent more than 3 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in LA, and then more than 10 years as a litigator in high profile entertainment matters.

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