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Monday, May 15, 2006

The End Of The Line?

Former chief Bush economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey puts the smack down on the whole "end of the line" fiction, you DID know it was fiction, right?
Comprehensive immigration reform promises that people already in the United States illegally can apply for citizenship, but requires them to "go to the back of the line." But a key question is, the back of which line? The reform bill before the Senate doesn't require illegal immigrants to go back home--to, say, Hong Kong, to the end of the 10-to-15-year line there--to get a green card. Instead, it allows the current illegals to receive their green card immediately--having, in effect, jumped the line at the U.S. consulate abroad. Then, like other green card holders, they will be able to work here, collect government benefits like food stamps and Medicaid, and travel as freely as if they had a U.S. passport.

The line the current illegals will go to the back of is the citizenship line. Under the proposed law, current illegals, newly minted green card in hand, will have to wait six years, then get in line to apply for citizenship. But even after six years, they will be years ahead of many people who have gone through the legal process and are waiting overseas for a consular official to let them come here. Once those who have been playing by the rules all along get here, they too have to wait six years before getting in line for citizenship.

If we really mean "the back of the line," that should be behind everyone who is already in the pipeline to come here legally.
Mickey Kaus suggests we beat Senator "Maverick" "Straight Shooter" "I love Thai hookers and cheap scotch" McCain about the head and neck for suggesting that illegals will have to go to the end of the "line."

If only this would place Senator McCain at the back of the line.

H/T Kausfiles

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