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An Interview With Senator Kyl

Wednesday, May 23, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I just concluded a three segment interview with Senator Kyl, and though he is much more engaging than Secretary Chertoff, he didn’t persuade me at all on my four major issues:

(1)Why not build all of the fence first and not just 370 miles? An amendment has added some miles of vehicular barriers, but why not 330 more miles of real fence?  This is an easy fix: Finish the fence before the first Z Visa issues.

(2)Why not take the Border Patrol to the level it needs to be now? An amendment has added some additional agents, but not the nearly the full strength that will be needed.  And if recruitment is tough, raise their pay. 

(3)Where are the resources to do the background checks and interviews on a minimum 12 million people?  This is the biggest hole in the bill by far, and the idea that the government is going to be able to ever handle 12 million fingerprint checks and criminal record checks followed by investigations and interviews is just absurd.

(4)Why in the world are we treating illegal immigrants from countries with known jihadist/terrorist networks the same as illegal aliens from  Mexico and Central American countries?  Why not carve out and leave “in the shadows” illegal aliens from countries with known terrorist networks? If the compromise sponsors’ are correct, after the probationary cards are issued no one will be able to find work without such a probationary card, and thus the most dangerous subgroups of illegals will be isolated if they are excluded from the probationary program.I know there are criminals and gang members among the Spanish speaking illegal populations, but none –as yet– have been suicide pilots or bombers.  And I know that the vast majority of illegal aliens from countries with jihadist networks are not jihadists.

What I am proposing isn’t “fair” to the illegals from countries of special interest who are themselves law abiding economic immigrants, but the security of the country comes before fairness to the people who entered it illegally.  The idea of handing a well covered jihadist a “move around the country freely” pass, which allows him to not only work but also to leave and return to the country strikes me as beyond any possible defense.

The transcript of the interview with Senator Kyl will be here later in the day.  The audio will be here.

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