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Reading The Fine Print, Part 8: Humbug And Common Sense

Sunday, May 20, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Title VII is short, a sort of encore of common sense and humbug.  The common sense is the recognition in Sec. 701 that aliens currently serving in the military don’t have to get fingerprinted again.  But the rest is pretty much humbug.  There’s a declaration of English as “the common language of the United States,” followed by the announcment that this status does not “diminish or expand any existing rights under the laws of the United States relative to the services or materials provided by the Government of the United States in any language other than English.”  In other words, a no-effect bit of theater.

There’s a provision of illegal aliens over the age of 75 and some additional funding for the “Office of Citizenship and Integration,” followed by the high point of absurdity in the draft law, the establishment of the “Citizenship and Integration Councils” which looks very much like a Saturdnay Night Live skit.  Money is to be made available “to states and municipalities for effective integration of immigrants into American society through the creation of New Americans Integrations (sic) Councils. 

I nominate Mickey Kaus to the California council.

Here we are at the end of the bill and there is in fact no lanmguage whatsoever pushing the border fence forward “notwithstanding any other law.”


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