My only thought on immigration is that any bill that does not first secure the border is nothing but smoke and mirrors to grant amnesty. I do not know if the Cornyn amendment was the answer - fully operational E-verify, quantifiable goals for the border, 90% apprehension rate, etc. But it at least demanded border security before any legalization began. That of course got killed.Well here is an interesting article as well as a very well done news cast video.
The rich and powerful want these illegals in this county given amnesty. Cheap labor which drives wages down. The others want to squander the billions of dollars in money that will be allotted for border security.
Simple fix. Make sure employers do not hire illegals. If they do they will get a large fine for each illegal employee that is found working for them. A reward would be given to each person in the general public for each employer turned in and found guilty for such violations.
Employers would stop hiring them.
Also no illegals would be eligible for free medical care, food stamps, housing or any type of government benefits.
The illegal alien problem would then be solved as they would return to their own country where they belong. That doesn't mean that we don't defend our borders against people that wish to enter illegally. Drug smugglers and terrorist are also on that list.
This would immediately free up 8 million American jobs. These are figures given by the government. It would also help raise the pay of every American. It would also save the state, local, and federal governments billions of dollars that are being spent on these people at this time.
Temporary guest workers would be allowed in and people that wanted to come to this country could do so by normal lawful means.
If you guys have more or better ideas then post them.
The amendment your link referenced is worthless, as was noted.
If Republicans would simply demand true border security first before consideration of any immigration reform, then we would know they were serious. But as long as you have the likes of McCain and Graham with their wishy-washy RINO mentalities to lead the charge to caving in, we're sunk in the Senate. And at this time, Rubio has destroyed any credibility he had with me to be a true conservative.
As I referenced earlier, the CBO has reported that if the immigration bill passes as is, illegal immigration will be reduced at most 25%- how does that come any where near solving the problem - answer - it doesn't. Frankly, it isn't intended to IMHO.
Secure the border first - after all, that 700 mile double fence that was already passed and paid for currently stands at 36 miles completed - that is how committed to border security this administration is. And what about the Senate - an amendment that would have required that half that fence be completed before any legalization occurred was also killed in the Senate. I repeat, an amendment that would have merely required that half of a fence be completed before legalization -that has already been voted on, passed and had money allocated for - was DEFEATED in the Senate - with the help of our little Republicans - McCain, Graham, Rubio, Flake and Murkowski.