Amnesty agenda is the real lame duck

Saturday, December 4, 2010
By Paul Martin

Tom Tancredo
December 04, 2010

The congressional amnesty proposal deceptively named the “Dream Act” is dying a slow death in the lame-duck session of Congress. The defeat of the amnesty bill should come as no surprise, but the real victory lies deeper than the vote count.

The defeat of the Dream Act in the lame-duck closing session of the Pelosi-Reid era signals the end not only of the Dream Act but the end of the prolonged amnesty debate as well. The fact that the Dream Act could only be brought to a vote in a lame-duck Congress tells us that the amnesty debate has run its course. The new debate in 2011 and beyond will be over border security – how to achieve it and how to deal with the ramifications for Mexico.

When former Republican backers of the Dream Act like Sen. Lindsey Graham are saying that they can never vote for an amnesty bill until we have border security, the game is up. It means two things. First, Dream Act proponents have given up the transparent fiction that the bill is not an amnesty bill. Second, they are admitting that any new amnesty will be an incentive for another wave of illegal aliens across the border. Even for amnesty advocates, border security is seen as a political precondition for serious consideration of any future amnesty law.

That is what I said in a September 2006 lecture at the Heritage Foundation. Border security has not improved significantly since then, and because of that, the amnesty bill is dead in the water.

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