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False Alarms on Amnesty

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 7:26 AM
This column suggests that Chapman is no longer interested in hard thought. The bill currently being discussed IMMEDIATELY grants "probationary" status to illegals. What if the supposed border enforcement never happens? Would the illegals LOSE that status? I doubt it -- and that's the nub of the matter. The Democrats will not permit further border tightening. Obama has made that clear. Neither would Romney have done so...nor Bush II, nor a President McCain, nor a President Marco Rubio. Forget it, Mr. Chapman. We're not buying it.
To hear opponents tell it, you don't want to be standing along the U.S. border when an immigration reform bill becomes law. Millions of foreigners who were previously content in their native lands will hear about it, pack a bag and storm across the U.S. border, trampling anyone unlucky enough to be in the way.

The reason, we are told, is a change that Republicans have previously rejected but Democrats and Latino groups see as indispensable: a procedure for illegal immigrants to become legal residents and, eventually, citizens. Critics call it "amnesty" and say it will spur illegal immigration as surely as...