Immigration Reform returns to the front burner
I wasn't going to talk about immigration reform today, until I saw two stories that were sadly humorous when read together. I want to start by reminding you what our position is. As Commander Koutz said recently:
The American Legion is not opposed to immigration. We are a nation that was built by immigrants. But we also believe in adherence to the law.
Further, our immigration resolution talks about enforcement first (Resolution No. 21: Illegal Immigration Policy, 2012):
The American Legion urge Congress to adopt an immigration reform policy which emphasizes border security against those individuals attempting to enter this country illegally and internal tracking of all resident aliens and illegal immigrants....
That the Department of Homeland Security be provided the monies necessary to ensure both the thorough performance of its responsibilities and the security of the borders of the United States...
And recently there has been an effort to stop using the phrase "illegal immigrants" pushed in no small part by a gentleman who is in the US illegally:
Jose Antonio Vargas may not have convinced the New York Times or the Associated Press to stop using the term “illegal immigrant,” but he’s restarted the conversation.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-activist has pushed for media to drop the term “illegal immigrant” since coming out as undocumented last year, arguing that the modifier is offensive and inaccurate because it criminalizes people rather than their actions.
So, this morning I get this sent to me, via the Washington Times:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday that the southwest border is more secure than ever and warned against holding legalization hostage to more border security — prompting a key Republican to warn the Obama administration that it is endangering chances for a bill this year.
Ms. Napolitano, testifying to the SenateJudiciary Committee, said the Border Patrol has been beefed up, hundreds of miles of fencing have been built, and her department is deporting a record number of illegal immigrants.
She said those efforts will ensure there is no repeat of 1986, when amnesty was supposed to be coupled with better immigration enforcement, but the government didn’t follow through.
“Immigration enforcement now is light-years away from what it was in 1986,” she said.
Now, I literally had no sooner read that than someone else sent me this link to Twitchy, which has this tweet from a reporter at the New York Times this morning.
If we can't even agree on the nomenclature ("Illegal Aliens" vs. "undocumented Americans") or whether the border is secure or not, it would seem that the immigration debate is less a debate and more people just saying things randomly.