The Tragedy and the Farce of the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

Karl Marx once said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Marx’s prediction is about to play itself out in Congress, where the Senate is expected to begin deliberations on the tragically farcical Gang of Eight immigration bill. In an op-ed I wrote for the Politix online opinion site, I point out a few of the tragically failed promises of the 1986 amnesty bill, and the farcically identical promises the Senate is asking the American public to believe in 2013.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    James Quinn on

    The current proposal does not address at all on how it will improve enforcement of the laws on those who are actually documented. The reason for this seems quite simple, the laws won’t be enforced anymore than they are now.

    In addition to the illegal aliens, it is time to enforce the current laws concerning those we have already “documented”. When we are unable to find one of the 11,000,000 (probably more) illegals, it is somewhat understandable. But when we refuse to prosecute an immigrant who we have issued a student visa and/or green card to (who has broken numerous immigration laws) this is nothing less than a dereliction of duty on the part of immigration.

    My ex came in on student visa yet never went to school and worked illegally for three years (student visa fraud). Got green card by not mentioning her first arrest for theft (material misrepresentation). Failed to mention it again when conditions were removed. Has acquired four additional theft convictions (crimes of moral turpitude). Denied citizenship 2 years ago but continues to reside in US and break our laws. Unfortunately I found this all out after the fact. It’s ICE that needs reform not the immigration laws.

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    The ONLY real deterrent is true penalty for violating our borders. In the case of 12mill+ the order calls for deportation, yet many in the Senate believe that is not an option. This, along with enforcement of current law, and E-Verify mandated in those states heavily burdened by illegal immigrants i.e. California/Texas, would be quite helpful. Essentially, I would like to see Congress put forth a strong precedent, one that is more closely aligned with the American people. I am sickened by all the pandering by Democrats over the ‘unlawfuls’ in California. There is currently a measure AB 60 pending, which allows illegal immigrants with Driver’s License, however it is unclear to me if this is being proposed for DACA beneficiaries? Mr. Stein, can you please confirm? California ranks highest among hit n’ runs and we all know who the culprits are–California is a long way from making this law, for it lacks appropriate ‘mechanisms’ and safeguards against fraud; I understand they will rely on which immigrant has social security number and paid taxes. Nevermind if the number was fraudulent! Honestly, it’s disgraceful! City/State government ALL seem too preoccupied with facilitating and simplifying the lives of illegal aliens. Meanwhile, innocent bystanders are being killed. Hit n’run driver, still unapprehended killed a mother of 13! Another undocumented killed up to 4 teens in Newport Beach.