IIA and the Amnesty Debate

Short Link: http://citizenamerica.org/?p=455   TinURL: http://tinyurl.com/lzegb7j


1) Immigration Integrity Act,

2) Immigration Integrity Act Debate,

3) Illegal Immigration Must Be Top Priority

4) IIA and the Amnesty Debate

5) Protect Children and Families Through Rule of Law Act by Senator Ted Cruz (this act deals largely with illegal alien children and omits all key solutions)


While the intended focus of the Immigration Integrity Act (IIA) is to permanently end illegal immigration now and in the future, the bill is not a panacea when it comes to handling other aspects of the immigration issues. Like most bill proposals presented to Congress, there remains outstanding issues and this bill is no different. In fact, one issue is so polarizing that resolving it seems impossible no matter what is tried. Of course, that issue if “amnesty”, which Citizen America defines as anything that allows an illegal alien to remain on US soil legally. It is an issue some call a radioactive hot potato that nobody wants to deal with but to some point, IIA actually provides a partial remedy.

The IAA bill proposal self-admits that its design in dealing with the amnesty issue was purposely vague and largely inattentive to the subject. The bill’s principal author, Xelan Bonn, has made a careful examination of the amnesty issue and claims that it is not an issue warranting very much importance to the big picture analysis, especially for those who stand against it. He claims that misinformation on the facts and laws is what is largely driving the polarization along with extremist liberal attempts to pass laws that grant wide-sweeping amnesty but no solutions to go with it in the exchange.

For example, of the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the US now, Bonn says more than 80% have not shown up for their immigration hearings. Under current law, any illegal alien failing to show up automatically forfeits their right to a defense and is immediately designated by the court as a fugitive and given a new status that requires mandatory deportation. If we assume 80% of illegal aliens meet that profile, then 9.6 million illegal aliens are not qualified for anything else except mandatory expulsion. This leaves only 2.4 million illegal aliens who may have a legal opportunity to remain in the US under current law or within the IIA. This is a far more manageable number than is 12 mllion.

Bonn suggests that most anti-illegal alien groups and members of Congress would willingly accept a compromise and allow 2.4 million illegal aliens to obtain amnesty if Congress will also enact the IIA bill and forever end illegal immigration. Citizen America agrees, as does this author.

We all admit IIA is not perfect and we know Congressional Committees will change the bill somewhat but if, in the end, the bill and its intents pass into law, America will be able to see this issue ended swiftly and permanently. That’s a pretty good trade off, in this author’s opinion.

Once the issue of illegal immigration is resolved, the pathway to working on legal immigration issues, which are far more complex, will then be easier.

The argument in favor of allowing the estimated 2.4 million illegal aliens to stay on US soil and eventually obtain US citizenship is not a perfect one. In fact, voters themselves must play a role in the bill’s final drafting because they must weigh in with their elected representatives and make their demands known. This is precisely what the principal author of the bill said he intended. Compromises have to be made if good bills are going to pass into law and this bill is no exception.

In most case, regardless of what the Committees ultimately approve as amnesty in dealing with those already here, the great point or global picture is that the issue going forward could finally be resolved in a meaningful yet humane way. Illegal immigration will all but be a thing of the past because the new law strips illegal aliens of any and all rights to remain on US soil or to obtain related benefits (e.g. citizenship, work permits, etc.). This is something the 1986 immigration reforms failed to do while promising the problem solved back then. This is something the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill failed to do in 2013, which is one reason why most of America opposes it.

In all respects, a review of the Senate’s immigration bill shows that illegal immigration will remain in place for decades to come because that bill does not address the illegal immigration problem in a meaningful way. Comprehensive bills rarely do a comprehensive job because there are just too many aspects requiring detailed focus on an issue this wide and complex. For example, the Senate’s bill omits mandatory E-Verify so its been called a Red Herring bill designed for one purpose, to provide amnesty for all 12 million illegal aliens while providing for a massive increase in legal immigration (a report from NumbersUSA claims as many as 7.5 million new immigrants would be allowed into the US yearly if the Senate’s bill passes into law).

Citizen America opposes the Senate’s 2013 immigration bill because it fails to deal with illegal immigration and its legal immigration quotas would severely devalue wages for all US workers as the labor supply swells without any growth in the job markets. These are just some of the deeper issues on the immigration debate but they are not issues of focus or concern to the highly focused and limited Immigration Integrity Act bill that only deals with illegal immigration aspects.

The IIA’s success will likely come from the unifying reality that Americans have had enough with children being used as political pawns. Americans abhor child abuse and endangerment and illegal immigration so this bill, one so narrowly focused on stopping both, appears to be something the majority of voters and Congress can or should be supporting. It does leave other issues on the immigration table, but at least it will have solved perhaps the largest and ugliest thorn in America’s side when it comes to the issues of border security, immigration and child endangerment and abuse at the hands of Cartels and desperate illegal alien parents. Moreover, the bill ensures fair and humane treatment to all illegal aliens, especially children.

Read the IIA bill here.



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