Torin Togut's claim in a recent letter that Republicans have no real solution to illegal immigration is just more of his partisan liberal rhetoric. Togut tellingly failed to enlighten us with his own solution.
Had past "Dream Act" amnesty proposals been limited to innocent children then passage would have been assured long ago. Overreaching efforts to include parents and siblings, whether in the U.S. or not, doomed these flawed proposals. In their effort to pander to the illegal immigrant lobby, liberals squandered the wide public support they once had. Flawed Dream proposals contained myriad loopholes and waivers of even minimal requirements.
All any illegal alien had to do to obtain immediate legal status under most Dream Act proposals was to simply claim that they met the criterion and all negative actions against them, including deportation for criminal acts, would be automatically suspended, likely for years. Past experience has shown that any illegal alien worth his salt can provide fake documentation attesting to virtually anything (think fake birth certificates and proof of past residency, etc). The American people have been fed pap about these "poor children" and do not know what is really in the Dream legislation. Truly deserving illegal alien children are being used as a vehicle to obtain amnesty for others.
Most of us do believe in giving relief to the true adversely affected child but long experience with past and present defective administrations, greedy employers of illegals, misinformed clergy and do-gooders, a rich lobby of immigration lawyers and all too many ill-informed groups who haven't a clue what they are talking about, has taught us that unless our existing immigration laws are first enforced then we will be facing the same problem, well, forever.
My solution is to tighten the border (not a cure-all), but mainly we must require internal employment enforcement (E-Verify) and restrict social benefits to citizens and legal residents. Agricultural interests who prove a need could obtain workers through a easily obtainable Ag-visa which would allow temporary seasonal workers, but no family members, and the employer would be responsible for medical care and other social costs.
And, forbidding states to also address illegal immigration, in the absence of Federal enforcement, should be addressed as an illegal action by the Federal government.
-- Gene Wade