To the Editor:
Look out, the gang that can’t shoot straight, albeit with some new members, is back with another immigration reform plan.
In 1986, the gang convinced us that the solution to an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants was to grant them legal status. They told us that their plan would end the problem of illegal immigrants in the future by enacting tougher penalties on businesses that hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants and by increasing border security.
Their plan was so successful that by 2012, there were an estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants and visa overstays. At this rate, there should be about 36 million by 2040. Despite the monumental failure of their 1986 plan to control the borders and reduce the number of illegal immigrants and visa overstays, the gang the can’t shoot straight is back again with another immigration reform act.
It appears that a new plan will pass this year, because Republicans who have generally opposed granting legal status to illegal immigrants now seem to be on board with the Democrats, as they hope to increase their base in the Hispanic community.
Enforcement and implementation of the new immigration plan will require additional new funding and agencies to oversee the program – just what we need with the country already sinking in a sea of debt.
Anyone who believes that a new immigration reform plan will be any more successful than the disastrous 1986 plan probably also believes that the Cubs will win the World Series in 2013.