Real Amnesty Snow-Job Begins: Time to Flip the Script

Marco Scrubio

On Wednesday evening, Marco Rubio(R-FL) appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News to reassure viewers that there would be a vast improvement in border security through an amendment he expected to be introduced by Thursday morning. Ladies and gentlemen, the fact that Rubio made this move indicates just how bad it’s gotten for him, but it’s also a part of the snow-job.  Rubio knew that he would take heat over his involvement with this bill, but he knew it would need to be amended to move or face outrage across the nation.  The problem is that whatever is in this promised amendment will amount to token measures that will rely upon the executive branch and Barack Obama for their enforcement.  I have a simple counter-proposal for the Senator if he’s got the guts, and he’s sincere about wanting security at the border first: Scrap the bill as it exists and just implement the security portion now.  If over the next four years, the security measures are diligently enforced, it should be no problem to come back to the American people to argue: “See, we’ve done as we’ve promised.”  Otherwise, we have every reason to believe this is yet another snow-job, just like it’s been every time before.

No sir, we need the security first, and independent of any other measures.  No more triggers, no phony commissions, and no more schemes to trick us into going along.  In 2016, Senator Rubio should be up for re-election, so that if he delivers on four years’ worth of promised improvements in security, deportation, E-Verify, physical fencing, electronic monitoring and surveillance, along with a massive increase in the number of agents, it should be no problem to demonstrate a success.

The obstinate truth of this issue is that we no longer trust you, Senator Rubio, nor do we trust most of your colleagues, and we have every reason to suspect that no matter what security provisions your promised amendment may put into place, this President and his rogue Attorney General will do everything possible to confound the law, confound the security measures, and otherwise undercut the promises you have made and seem to be making anew.

It’s a promise versus performance problem, and we simply don’t trust Marco Rubio, or much less anyone else in Washington DC to get this even approximately right.  The only viable solution after decades of intransigence on the part of legislators and Presidents is to deliver the security first.  If legislators will pass an enforcement law putting teeth into the measures we have previously passed, adding new measures to augment the effort, come some day four years hence, when Senator Rubio will have been re-elected on the strength of promises kept, I assure you that the American people will be far more amenable to considering reform of the immigration system.  This means passing a mechanism for enforcement into law, and doing so in a way that instructs the executive branch on its duties with respect to carrying out the law.

News laws can be passed at any time.  It is conceivable that new enforcement mechanisms will be such a thorough success that we will be ready to consider immigration system reforms sooner than four years, but we must first see a good faith effort that does not rely on a bunch of triggers and other trick language to move automatically from an enforcement phase to an immigration reform phase, because each and every one of the promises of previous Congresses have been violated and abandoned, but worse, we now have a President who has no problem ignoring the law altogether.

This is your put-up or shut-up moment.  This is your chance to build a legacy and good will for election cycles to come, and if you can meet this challenge, the American people will support you, but this must not be passed under the quid pro quo assumptions required in the current iteration of the legislation.  There must be no “this for that,” but instead merely a “this” in the present to be followed up at some future date with a “that.”  Do this, and you will have my support if you can carry it into execution.  Do this not, and I will oppose and dog you every step of the way, and with you every last legislator who follows along.

This is our country, and its security and sovereignty are not bargaining chips in their legislative tool kit. They have sworn an oath, and it’s damn well time they carry it out first, and without conditions or further considerations from the American people who have been entirely too patient on this matter. That patience has finally worn too thin, so that if legislators think they can present a bill that was a throw-away from the outset, tinker with it around the edges with loose legislative language, repackaging it at this late date for a quick second sales pitch, they are wholly mistaken to believe that approach will work this time.

To Senator Rubio and all the other purveyors of “comprehensive immigration reform:” Put up or shut up.  Security nowImmigration reform later. That’s the only deal you will get, and it’s the best Congress and the Obama administration have any plausible right to expect.

 

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