When the Senate dreamed up S. 744, the newest immigration juggernaut, did anyone bother to read the bill? Nancy Pelosi’s remark that the Affordable Care Act needed to be passed so we could find out what was in it betrayed how Congress regards the legislative disasters it dreams up. John Boehner was smart to say no to S. 744. One unworkable juggernaut per president is enough and we already let Obama have his fun with health care.
Proof immigration juggernaut too stupid to work.
The following examples tell you all you need to know about the thought that went into S.744. Lawmakers claim they work hard, but when they come up with this stuff you have to wonder what it is, precisely, that they do, and whether they have any experience with how things work in the real world their constituents inhabit.
Senate fix will bring us anti-fraud Social Security cards.
When we are already hearing news stories about the risk of hacking something as impossibly high tech as Google Glass, who in their right mind would believe that our government can develop a “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant, wear-resistant, and identity-theft resistant”¹ Social Security card?
The ethics behind extending big brother’s reach aside, saying you want to create the perfect anti-fraud ID card and making it happen are laughably far apart. Remember, illegals are really good at identity fraud. It’s one of the things they do best. Besides, we don’t need an immigration bill to deal with Social Security fraud. Did our senators think illegal immigrants are less law-abiding than they let on when they cast their votes?
Employers won’t bother.
Bureaucratic hoops mean fewer employers will play ball. From Section 4607, American Jobs In American Forests, that ensures citizens are considered first for forestry jobs, to mandatory employment verification and visa requirements, S.744 is all about jumping through hoops. It will be easier, cheaper, more cost effective, and pose less liability for employers to just discriminate against non-citizens (see: Will S. 744 Invite Americans to Discriminate?).
Let’s build a Great Wall of Mexico.
Some laughed, some were appalled, and some of us said why not? after Herman Cain’s electric border fence remark. The Senate thought it would be a good idea for the government to look into “where fencing (including double-layer fencing), infrastructure, and technology, including at ports of entry, should be deployed along the Southern border.”² Didn’t Janet Napolitano try to do that? Maybe with our DHS Secretary gone we’ll stand a better chance of doing it right. Let’s give Herman Cain the job.
A Youth Jobs Fund? Smells like a juggernaut.
Lawmakers like to add a little something extra for taxpayers when they think we aren’t paying attention. What better vehicle than an overblown juggernaut like S.744? The bill includes $1.5 billion for Section 5103, Summer Employment and Year-Round Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Youth. Here’s a hot tip for Congress: if you want to put American teenagers to work, save our money. Don’t hand the right to work to illegal aliens with a similar lack of skills.
S.744 will enforce immigration laws.
We already know how Washington feels about enforcing immigration laws. Will another juggernaut we will be fixing in a few years solve the problem? Forget about it.
1,2 Excerpts from Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act as passed in the Senate (S.744.ES)