On February 18, 2021, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez introduced a mega amnesty bill that has the entire nation in a state of disbelief. Preston Huennekens of the Federation for American Immigration Reform described the U.S. Citizenship Act as the “largest amnesty bill ever proposed in the history of the United States.”
Under this bill, every illegal alien in America would be placed on the pathway to citizenship. Like all legislative boondoggles, the bill is 353 pages long with a section-by-section summary of the bill having a total of 60 pages. Huennekens argues that the ”bill’s length is a testament to the sweeping changes that Biden and his congressional Democratic allies want to make to the immigration system of the United States.”
The bill features five sections but as Huennekens observed, “there are zero enhancements to border security or asylum reform, in stark contrast to prior efforts (e.g. the 2013 Gang of Eight proposal) that paired large amnesties with enforcement measures such as mandatory E-Verify or metrics requirements for border enforcement.”
Under the U.S. Citizenship Act, 14.5 million illegal aliens would be given a pathway to citizenship through the establishment of the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” (LPI) status. According to figures coming from the White House, only violent felons would be excluded by this pathway to citizenship program. However most violent felons qualify for LPI and some aliens with multiple felonies will be eligible for this immigration status. Aliens with LPI status will be able to receive green cards after five years.
Additionally, this amnesty bill provides green cards to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and most immigrant farmworkers who entered the country illegally. Huennekens noted that “Many of the provisions for these de facto amnesty programs passed the House of Representatives last year as part of H.R. 6 – the American Dream and Promise Act, as well as H.R. 5038 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.”
One intriguing aspect of this bill is how it attempts to address the “root causes of migration.” Huennekens observed the following about what such a program would entail:
Addressing the root causes of migration would require rebuilding multiple countries from the ground up, completely complex economic systems, and ending decades (if not centuries) of a country’s domestic political culture and conditions. The U.S. Citizenship Act calls for $4 billion in total appropriations ($1 billion annually in fiscal years 2022-2025) for this purpose.
Essentially, the U.S. will begin to dole out foreign aid to corrupt regimes and prop up bad actors while failing to address the underlying problem of America’s immigration problems — its refusal to take border security seriously. By having a strong border security infrastructure and a willingness to deport illegal aliens, would-be illegal entrants will learn quickly that they will be punished for their misbehavior. This amnesty bill would also implement changes to the current visa system. The visa lottery would be expanded from 50,000 to 80,000 annually, which would provide aliens in the visa backlog green cards, and provide foreign college graduates in the STEM fields with green cards.
Frankly, the incompetence we see with regards to border enforcement is the hallmark of a failed state that barely performs its basic functions of maintaining some semblance of order.
In a time when millions of Americans are out of work and have dire economic prospects, Democrats are more fixated with Electing a New People and bringing in potentially millions of migrants who will displace Americans.
The implications for American immigration policy would be quite dire if this bill is passed. It would only beget further migration because the U.S. has now demonstrated for the second time in its history (the first being the 1986 amnesty that Reagan signed into law) that it does not care about enforcing its migration laws. This will be a magnet for foreigners looking to enter the country illegally, since they’ll be confident in knowing that the U.S. will not punish them for entering the country illegally.
Stopping this amnesty bill should be the number #1 priority for the GOP. From there, they can wack Democrats over the head for their amnesty push during the 2022 midterms.
The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement
The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.
Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country.
According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.
As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.
A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.
After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.
According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.
Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.
Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.
However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.
“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”
The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.
How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.
They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.
So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.
Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from:
Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.
The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.
Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.
Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.
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