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    Where exactly is the “back of the line”?

    Where exactly is the “back of the line”?

    The Gang of Eight yesterday:

    Individuals who are present without lawful status – not including people within the two categories identified below – will only receive a green card after every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card, at the time this legislation is enacted, has received their green card. Our purpose is to ensure that no one who has violated America’s immigration laws will receive preferential treatment as they relate to those individuals who have complied with the law.

    Obama today:

    We gotta — we gotta lay out a path, a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That’s only fair. All right.

    Where is this back of the line?

    Aren’t we dealing with a finite number of Green Cards, so if we put people here in line immediately behind those who have applied, we’re simply putting people who broke the law ahead of future applicants who did not break the law.  And, many of those future applicants are not present applicants only because the limits currently imposed prevented them from applying.

    I guess we simply could say we keep the same number of Green Cards for future applicants who did not break our laws, but create additional numbers for those here illegally.  But that still is a preference as applied to people living here illegally by creating new slots for them but not others.

    I don’t see the “back of the line” argument as achieving its stated goals of making sure that people who broke the law don’t profit from it.  Maybe that’s okay politically, but then don’t make the argument.

    Am I right about this?


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    This plan is so full of BS, we will be back to Amnesty 1986. As Rush points out some of the language in he new proposal is the same as the scam that Reagan bought into.

    In 1986, we were going to fix border security, it didn’t happen – now the good Senators want to do the same thing.

    We are going to offer this deal to illegal aliens who have clean criminal records. Two problems: First there cannot be illegal aliens without them having violated the immigration statutes of the United States. Second, their are not enough government investigators and application processors to honestly process some 15 million applications. After all, the government doesn’t do well without very all easy rules to follow. Fairness will require that everybody who applies will be approved.

    Uncle Samuel | January 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

    The Constitution and law was disregarded to put America’s first Affirmitive Action (son of foreign nationals with anti-American, foreign interest ideologies) President into power…with disastrous consequences.

    What makes you think they will enforce any law except those they wish to enforce now?

    America has enough problems with this entire corrupt administration and congress, we don’t need to grant amnesty to 12 MILLION lawbreakers/criminals as well. Many of the 12 million are Islamists. Making them voters and citizens will be the nail in America’s coffin.

    It’s just a nuance. As in back of which line? All that will happen is to create more lines in which to stand in to get the green card.

    Real immigration reform would be tied to the unemployment rate, anything over 6% should cut the quota to ZERO. Those at the front of the line, i.e. the priority should always be given to spouses, children and first degree relatives in addition to political refugees.

    As long as border enforcement is given lipservice and deportation of illegals is catch and release or catch and reward (with a green card), those making laws should be ashamed of themselves for failing to do their jobs. Enforce the existing laws. IF DHS and ICE can not or will not do their jobs then they should have their budgets cut to zero and be laid off.

    btw- Governor Perry can spend some of that excess tax revenue money he is grand standing on by building a border fence the federal government failed to do.

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