Congress has passed some ridiculous bills in the past. It has put a
$150 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska as a higher priority than
relief for New Orleans. It has funded completely unnecessary projects
in the federal bureaucracy and has created laws that cannot be
enforced. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, a bill
with two lies in its name, is just the most recent in a long line of
bills that highlight how Congress has failed when it has come to
immigration policy. The bill not only manages to solve absolutely none
of the problems caused by the current influx of illegal immigration,
but it also creates new ones and shatters American ideals as well.
While the American public has been clamoring for change in the
current immigration system, the Senate bill isn’t what they have been
waiting for. With an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in this
country, any solution to the problem of illegal immigration must
target the root cause of why people decide to risk their lives to get
into this country. But the bill doesn’t deal with the causes of the
why people are entering the US; it simply treats the symptoms of the
underlying disease. The bill fails simply because it cannot solve for
the problems of poverty and lack of opportunity in the native
countries of those who cross the border illegally.
Worse still, the bill would simply add more problems to the current
immigration system. As demonstrated by a North Carolina state guest
worker program, hiring seasonal workers from foreign countries
requires a huge amount of paperwork. Every single worker would need to
be union approved, government regulated, and constantly monitored, all
of which would require a huge increase in the government bureaucracy.
All of the increased regulation would also mean serious problems for
agriculture in this country, as even the slightly delay for guest
workers due to government inefficiency would result in a destroyed
crop harvest for the year.
The Senate’s immigration bill doesn’t decrease risks for the workers
either, as recruitment for jobs is done through unions in the foreign
countries, opening up the possibilities for corruption from foreign
unions. All that a guest worker program proposed by the Senate would
do is to legalize human trafficking cartels from across the border.
Rather than reducing the inherent dangers for immigrants, a guest
worker program would simply systematize corrupt immigrant smuggling
cartels and give them a legal means by which to operate.
The bill’s major provisions would also be impossible to implement,
because under the conditions of the bill, being an illegal immigrant
would still be better than being a legal one. Illegal immigrants would
actually have more freedom than guest workers, because they actually
retain their freedom of travel as well as their freedom to choose an
employer. No immigrant would want to come to this country legally
under the current guest worker program.
The biggest problem caused by the Senate bill isn’t its provisions
for new immigrants, however. Its major harms come from what it
requires of current illegal immigrants already in the country. By
imposing a $2000 fine on people to remain in this country, Congress is
sending out the message that American citizenship is something that
can be bought. This bill would ultimately degrade citizenship into yet
another product that people can buy, like sneakers or ice cream.
American citizenship would be less valuable than a cheap Kia, and
worse, it would form a basis for buying away American rights. The new
immigration bill cannot be passed for the simple reason that it would
finally destroy any semblance of freedom that America has left.