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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

If the Immigration Bill Passes

Kerby Anderson
by Kerby Anderson, Point of View: We all know people who make promises but don’t follow through and keep those promises. Over time we learn not to put our trust in promises they make. That principle we apply in our personal life is a principle we need to apply in our political life.

Victor Davis Hanson speculates about what will happen if the current immigration bill passes. He believes there are “lots of reasons to believe that most of what is promised” in the comprehensive immigration bill “won’t be honored.”

First, this administration has not had a very good record of living up to its policy promises and predictions. Perhaps the best example has been the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Lots of promises were made about cost and efficiency that have not come true. Another example would be the predictions of how the various stimulus packages would reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy.

Second, this administration has not always been willing to enforce existing law. It is reasonable to assume it will do no better enforcing this new law. Two examples illustrate this point. The President disagreed with the Defense of Marriage Act and instructed his Attorney General not to enforce it. Never mind that this bill was passed with substantial majorities in the House and Senate and signed by President Clinton.

In the same manner, the President instructed his administration to no longer follow the statutory requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. This bill was co-authored by Senator Ted Kennedy and Representative John Boehner and signed by President Bush.

Third, the history of immigration legislation is not one of the rule of law, but more influenced by politics and pressure groups. Previous presidents often caved to the whims of the public and the pressure of various constituencies.

It’s no wonder many Americans have become cynical about the political process. Past history makes them skeptical that the current immigration legislation will make a difference.

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