Because freedom can't protect itself
The present immigration bill is rightly viewed as "amnesty", because it immediately removes the sanction of deportation and thereafter provides them with legal status. It thus imposes no more then a small fine for this benefit. The law thus provides no legal "punishment" in the true sense of this word. Additionally many republicans remember the promises of 1986 and do not have confidence that the border enforcement provisions of the law are strong enough or that sufficient appropriations will be provided to fully fund needed enforcement provisions over the long haul.
My suggestion to correct these two problems involves a plea bargain. To get legal status, Illegal aliens will appear in court and freely confess that they have broken the law. They will acknowledge that their violations subject them to deportation. They will then swear that they have committed no other criminal acts and they will beg the court for mercy and a lesser sentence. The judge will then offer them a bargain: First they must plead guilty to a single count of a pro-forma charge of "illegal presence". Then, in leu of deportation, they will be offered provisional legal status provided they pay a small fine and forfeit any possibility of getting SS benefits for the remainder of their lives. Finally, the SS taxes collected from persons that accept this bargain, will be placed an "immigration enforcement trust fund". These funds will be used to provide for various operations needed to insure that our immigration laws are strictly enforced and that 1986 is not repeated.
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