After a congressional GOP leadership meeting of the minds, a set of principles were drafted for immigration reform. Just as soon as the conversation got started, John Boehner cast doubt on the idea of immigration reform happening this year.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act, as signed by President Reagan, granted amnesty to three million illegal immigrants. The unfulfilled requirements? Among them included: pay a fine, pay back taxes, admit they were guilty of entering illegally, and show that they had not committed any other crimes.
So once again we are told that we must pass comprehensive immigration reform, once more with the promise of border security. President Barack Obama has talked of such reforms in every State of the Union speech since 2010: “We should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system, to secure our borders and enforce our laws.”
We are told continuously by a president who picks and chooses which laws he follows and unilaterally changes others (Obamacare) that we need tougher border security. We are told by a president who has admitted that his administration has not enforced laws barring entrance of illegal immigrants who are likely to be dependent on the taxpayers. And, we are told by Obama — who has called for these reforms over the years while purposely failing to enact current law or to make a great effort in border control, and who sued the state of Arizona for trying to get a handle on out-of-control illegal immigration — that we should reform our immigration system and secure our border. We are told this by a man who believes in doing neither.
Thus, we cannot pursue immigration reform until we have a trustworthy president who does not have a stake in granting citizenship to millions of new Democrat voters.