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March 8, 2006
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The illegal alien Gold Card
Nearly five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, our borders remain porous. The deportation system remains broken. The government's
tracking systems for criminal illegal aliens and visa overstayers remain incomplete. So, what's Washington's latest homeland security solution?
"Gold Cards" for illegal aliens.
I kid you not.
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee began debate on a proposal by committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) that would
create a "Gold Card" program for illegal aliens who broke the law to get into the United States before Jan. 4, 2004. Applicants for the
gold card would supposedly undergo a background check by the Department of Homeland Security, then be eligible for two-year
work visas that could be renewed indefinitely.
If that isn't the dictionary definition of amnesty, I don't know what is. Indeed, Specter's plan amounts to an unprecedented
mass governmental pardon for millions of immigration law-breakers (plus their spouses, children, and, by extension, their
employers). There's nothing in his measure that bars Gold Card holders from obtaining eventual U.S. citizenship.
This proposal is a gargantuan political and bureaucratic disaster. It's a slap in the face to millions of naturalized Americans who
followed the rules to follow their dreams, and to millions more legal applicants who are waiting in line to get here.
Open-borders activists talk dreamily of bringing illegal aliens "out of the shadows" and into the American mainstream, while
snubbing all the legal immigrants who have never hid from the law, disguised their true identities, or otherwise deceived
authorities to live and work in the U.S.
Which side is the party of law and order on, anyway?
Amnesty-pushers argue that the Gold Card plan for illegal aliens is the only way to "deal with reality," and that immediate mass
deportation is "not practical." Phony arguments. The reality is that the massive chasm at Ground Zero was facilitated by lax
immigration enforcement. Business as usual is a recipe for another gaping hole. The policy decision is not between mass
amnesty or mass deportation. It is a matter of prioritizing: Will Washington put enforcement first or not? Will it clean house,
strengthen the borders, support rank-and-file interior enforcement employees, investigators, detention and deportation officers,
and Border Patrol agents? Or will it undermine them?
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Will it punish employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens? Or will it abet them? Will it enforce the laws on the books and make
sure there are sanctions for immigration law-breaking? Or will it ignore those laws and create more incentives, rewards, and
Here's more of a reality check. The Department of Homeland Security is in an abysmal position to screen millions of Gold Card applicants (not
to mention the untold numbers of con artists who have entered the country illegally since Jan. 4, 2004, and would try to game the system).
Specter's proposal gives the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau at DHS 18 months to conduct background checks for an
estimated 10 million applicants — on top of the 7 million it already can't handle. According to a draft General Accounting Report obtained by the
Washington Times this week, fraud is so rampant at the bureau that can't tell how much there is and will not have a fraud-management system
in place until 2011. The USCIS director of the agency's office of security and investigations resigned last month because of lack of support for
investigative and enforcement priorities.
Bill West, who served nearly three decades in federal immigration enforcement and retired as Chief of the National Security Section for the
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2003, warns at The Counterterrorism Blog (http://counterterror.typepad.com/):
"Immigration benefit fraud is hugely widespread and the resources to attack it are few and spread very thinly. The proposed new immigration
policies floating between the Administration and Congress…if passed will only overtax our already overwhelmed immigration agencies beyond
the breaking point."
Meanwhile, the rest of us chumps should figure out how to break some laws and get a hold of the handy Get Out of Jail Free/Gold Card. I heard
it's going to come with frequent flyer miles, too.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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