Immigration Deform: I Love the Smell of Failed Bipartisan Compromise in the Morning

It looks like the bad joke that was the bipartisan Senate compromise, supported by President Bush, that would grant legal status to around 12 million illegals while “securing the borders” (from what?) is going to end up in the septic tank of bad ideas where it belongs:

A fragile compromise that would legalize millions of unlawful immigrants risks coming unraveled after the Senate voted early Thursday to place a five-year limit on a program meant to provide U.S. employers with 200,000 temporary foreign workers annually.

The 49-48 vote came two weeks after the Senate, also by a one-vote margin, rejected the same amendment by Sen. Byron Dorgan. The North Dakota Democrat says immigrants take many jobs Americans could fill.

But there was more than just legalizing illegals combined with tighter border security (does anybody really believe that?). The Bush administration also removed a provision requiring back taxes from 12 million “undocumented workers.” How they know exactly how many there are if they’re “undocumented” is proof-positive of either monumental genius, or colossal guesstimation.

Isn’t it funny how there can’t be a “secure the borders” bill without attaching all sorts of counterproductive tripe concerning giving amnesty (or, as President Bush refers to it, “Not amnesty, but rather ‘federally assisted undocumented migrant worker relocation program with tax relief'”) to millions of illegals. If you secure the borders with all the illegals already here, it makes it sound as if we’re going to build a wall to keep them in. And maybe that’s the idea — 12 million new voters, baby!

And what’s with John McCain? He’s running for president, but obviously somebody forgot to tell him that hopping into whatever room is left in Ted Kennedy’s bed probably isn’t the best way to “shore up the base”:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., alone among his party’s presidential aspirants in backing the immigration measure, opposed Cornyn’s bid and backed the Democratic alternative offered by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Great idea, Senator. What was Kennedy’s alternative? Who cares? That’s the beauty of Ted Kennedy — you don’t have to bother with research. If Ted proposes it, it’s a bad idea. Kind of like Paris Hilton’s pointers for piloting a 747. You don’t need to know anything other than that nothing will be said that is in the best interest of anybody on board.

Bipartisanship is, at least in this case, nearly dead. This is one funeral that we all should be happy to attend. But beware, bad ideas in DC are like Jason from Friday the 13th movies — they have a way of returning from the grave.

Author: Doug Powers

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