I'm sure they chuckled at that. All 12,000,000.
And another 12,000,000 - 20,000,000? - 30,000,000? - in Mexico and Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua, are packing their bags and heading north to get a piece of the action.
And everyone in Washington, especially Ted Kennedy, celebrates:
Historic Deal For IllegalsAnd then there is the truth, spoken by one of the few people who actually remembers who it is he's there to represent:
Bill Would Let Millions Have a Shot At Staying
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent
Washington - Lawmakers yesterday reached a deal on a historic immigration-policy overhaul that would let millions of illegal aliens "come out of the shadows," get quick legal status and pursue citizenship.
The president said the proposal would "help enforce our borders but equally importantly, it'll treat people with respect."
"This is a bill where people who live here in our country will be treated without amnesty but without animosity," Bush said. (link)
Some conservatives who weren't party to the deal called it an outright amnesty that rewards illegal behavior.Here's how this will play out. The usual Republican suspects, including John McCain, will join all the Democrats in the Senate and pass this reprehensibly egregious affront to (what was once) our way of life. The House will then pass its own version and a conference committee, controlled by Democrats, will get a hold of it and strip from the bill the provisions dealing with border security.
"We shouldn't be doing anything that legalizes their status," fumed Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.). "We have to control the border. That has to be first."
Which will leave:
a) amnesty for 12,000,000 illegals and ...
b) a guest-worker program for hundreds of thousands of foreigners who will be able to enter the country - legally - and stay - illegally, and ...
c) a wide-open border.
Come on in, muchachos!
What motivation will they have not to? A few years from now, Washington will come up with another non-amnesty amnesty bill just for them and they too will be rewarded with citizenry.
Which should give all of us pause today:
Why do we have a legal immigration program?