For the last 20 plus years, politicians have been discussing immigration reform. In November of 1986, President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control (IRCA). The four key aspects of this law to address the increase in illegal alien or what others may prefer to call undocumented were:
- Required attesting to the employees' immigration status by the employer
- Hiring or recruiting unauthorized immigrant illegal
- Certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants received amnesty
- Grant amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 as long as they had lived in the US continuously
The first dirty secret of immigration reform is also the dirty secret for education reform, health care reform, banking reform, tax reform, name the reform, they all share this same dirty little secret:
Reform does not mean better!
Looking at the key points of this existing law IRCA appear to mimic some of what Congress desired in the most recently failed immigrant reform - The Dream Act. So the common sense question would be how does the newly proposed reform law change what was already passed over 25 years ago?
How many times has something been reformed and the results are worse than before? We now have more illegals in this country than ever before in spite of IRCA. Public education is delivering more students who cannot read at grade level than back in the 1950's. Health care reform is costing many businesses and individuals more dollars not less. And let us not even go into tax reform.
Immigration Reform Dirty Secret #2
Reform is a politically correct code word for keeping the status quo the same, ignoring the currents laws and then blaming the inability to achieve results on everyone else to not having enough money.
In the business world, some might consider this attitude to be one of bait and switch.
If the law requires a change, then change the law for the better. Or maybe consider enforcing the existing laws that include patrolling the border with the necessary manpower? How many laws are there on the shelves that are not enforced? And yet Congress keeps passing more unenforceable laws?
Immigration Reform Dirty Secret 3
All decisions are politically based to ensure the votes of a particular group because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, political ideals or other demographics at the expense of the legal, tax paying citizens.
The continued illegal immigration issue is because our elected officials are more concerned about the votes of a particular group of individuals than the rights of the legal citizens.
Given President Obama signed a memorandum (reported as an executive order) to circumvent a failed law, this behavior only reflects a political decision to garner support among illegal aliens some of who vote because false documents in this country are quite easy to come by. Since he took an oath to uphold the laws of this country, telling the Department of Homeland Security to ignore some these laws because it is the right thing to do is a violation of his oath of office, forget the end run around Congress.
Immigration Reform Dirty Secret #4
The law abiding, tax paying, legal citizens lose because they end up paying more taxes to support another failed reform.
A well known and intelligent scientist by the name of Albert Einstein defined dirty secret #4 as the definition of insanity that being doing something over and over again hoping for different results. So in the future when you hear politicians on either side of the aisle talking about reform remember these two thoughts:
And it will cost you an arm and a leg unless you vote them out of office.
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