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The Amendments

Tuesday, June 19, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The list of amendments to the immigration bill has leaked.  The bill’s sponsors need to get the whole list public and the actual language published. Public input us a good thing. Repeating the jam down fiasco of last month would be incredibly self-defeating.

No mention in this article about increasing the length of the fence or increasing scrutiny of illegals from “countries of interest.”  Not increasing the length of the fence that serves as a trigger seems like legislative suicide.  Not increasing the scrutiny on illegals from countries with jihadist networks seems like national security suicide.

Allowing Bernie Sanders to use up a valuable amendment slot to propose “to bar companies that have had mass layoffs from hiring foreign high-tech workers,” means that the GOP is still not demanding the changes and the seriousness necessary to rally support for the bill.  John Thune’s proposed amendment is a very good one as it does away with probationary status until the triggers are met, and if the triggers actually improved, the bill would have a chance in concert with Thune’s proposal passing.

But at this point, the leak doesn’t inspire confidence.  Keep calling, especially the republicans, at 202-225-3121:  Real reform or no reform at all.

UPDATE: Another government incompetence story. If the feds can’t even make dollars the right way, what will be the error rate in the implementation of the security provisions of the new bill? The mints have been striking coins for a very long time, and still they screw up when small innovations are required. Huge innovations with massive numbers of applicants will short circuit the system repeatedly. This experience-based skepticism about the ability of the bureaucracy to deliver on the security promises made in the new bill is profound, and the leaked amendments do not appear to address it in any way.

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