America has an immigration problem, pure and simple. Each day that we spend debating the “correct” term to describe the problem of illegal immigration or spend debating when or if we should secure the border is one day not spent fixing the problem.
And that’s the point. Democrats and cowardly moderates are purposefully dragging their feet on considering the kinds of immigration reform needed. When legislators discuss border security, they switch the subject to amnesty. When they discuss amnesty, they switch the subject to border security. The immigration reform discussion has become a shell-game that continues as America’s borders are breached. It needs to stop.
The Senators in the so-called “Gang of Eight” are working on immigration reform. However, it is looking more and more likely that the bipartisan proposal will not come near adequately addressing the enormous problem of illegal immigration.
Senator Marco Rubio has represented the conservatives in the Gang of Eight negotiations. However, in recent weeks, his stance seems to have softened.
Last week, Rubio discussed the proposal with several news outlets and repeatedly referred to illegal immigrants as “undocumented,” a favorite term for the left who wishes to soften the terminology to escape the fact that the immigrants who are here illegally are, in fact, illegal immigrants.
However, what has been more upsetting has been Rubio’s willingness to back away from previous commitments to border security as a primary goal. Rubio has stated that there cannot be a “pathway to citizenship” or any “legalization” before the border has been secured. However, on Thursday, Rubio backed away from that necessity and on Rush Limbaugh’s show said,
“First of all, legalization does not begin automatically. We don’t want to wait on legalizing and I’ll tell you why. My original position was that we wanted to secure the border first, then legalize. The problem is we have millions of people here now — by some estimates 10, 11 million. We want to know who they are and freeze the problem in place. I don’t want that number to grow. It behooves us to know who they as soon as possible so it doesn’t get worse.”
I’ve been around long enough to know a political backpedal when I see one…
No, America needs a secure border. Before we can really discuss who gets to stay and what their status should be, the first order of business needs to be securing the border.
Offering legalization or amnesty at a time when the border is incredibly porous only encourages illegal immigration. Why would someone wait in line to go through the legal process of becoming an American citizen when just over the border, the U.S. is granting amnesty before they close the door?
Legislators need to stop with the act and admit that immigration reform is not as difficult as they make it out to be. Rubio may need to bend to certain political realities and make compromises, but caving on the absolute necessity of border security is not an option.