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12 Years after 9/11 Immigration Plan Offers Security Measures

12 Years after 9/11 Immigration Plan Offers Security Measures

APRIL 16, 2013

Could this be a joke? Nearly 12 years after 9/11 the senate’s brilliant immigration proposal promises to finally secure the border, implement a system to crack down on expired visas and a mandatory employment verification program nationwide…in five years!  

If it wasn’t so scary it would certainly be funny. As we approach the 12th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history, our elected officials are making these seemingly empty promises to once and for all secure our borders with these measures which should have been implemented long ago. This is almost comical.

After duking it out for weeks, the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators crafting an immigration reform bill is ready to announce its plan to the American people. Here are the key points, which are being heavily touted by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, one of the geniuses working on the bill. Border security would finally be tightened in the coming years, the outdated foreign visa system that let several of the 9/11 hijackers remain in the country to plan their attack will be modernized and employers who hire undocumented workers will be punished.

A draft of the bill will include a number of measures to achieve “real border security, including fencing,” Rubio said in a national media interview. “If the Department of Homeland Security does not secure the border, does not meet the metrics of 100 percent awareness [of illegal border crossings] and 90 percent apprehension [of those crossing the border illegally] within in the first five years, then they lose control of the issue,” Rubio explained. “Then it goes to a border commission made up of people that live and have to deal with the border and they will take care of that problem. And it’ll be funded to ensure that that happens.”

Sure sounds like a lot of rambling. Let’s move on to the modernized visa system, which Rubio claims will monitor foreigners that enter with temporary visas but don’t leave when they expire. Government audits have for years exposed how the U.S. loses track of millions of visa over stayers but little has been done to correct the problem. In fact, nearly half of the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants actually entered the U.S. legally but overstayed their visa, according to a federal report. The new law will have an entry and exit system to track visas, Rubio promises without offering specifics.  

The mandatory employment verification system, known as E-Verify, has been floating around for years but it hasn’t been very effective because it’s not consistently enforced. Rubio says this will change under the plan he’s promoting. In fact, he assures that illegal immigration will be discouraged by creating a forbidden job market for undocumented workers. Illegal immigrants simply “wont’ be able to find a job” if they can’t pass the E-Verify check, the senator asserts. It gets better; employers will have a “strong disincentive” to hire illegal aliens because they will finally face consequences for doing so, Rubio says.

Geez, why didn’t anyone think of this before? Promoting these common-sense measures that should have been implemented long ago as a grand immigration reform plan is insulting. Makes you wonder if Rubio has been out in the scorching Florida sun too long, after all he represents the Sunshine State in the Senate.



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  • NOamnestyEVER

    BARACK OBAMA: The Man that Employed Mexico, Expanded the Markets for the Mexican Drug Cartels He Armed, Built the LA RAZA Welfare State in America and BANKRUPTED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOING IT


  • NOamnestyEVER



    “According to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the department.”

  • NOamnestyEVER

    Union for immigration enforcement officers to oppose Senate bill

    “In a statement, National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (NCISC) president Kenneth Palinkas said the bill would create an “insurmountable bureaucracy” within his agency, and argued the legislation would interfere with the independent judgment of officers who were already “pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case review and investigation.”


  • NOamnestyEVER



    “Slowly, Mr. Obama has changed the United States into another country — the Soviet States of America — an authoritarian state where false promises of “hope and change” were used to manipulate the public.”

  • Ultima

    I wonder why the debate regarding immigration reform does not begin with the questions:
    (1) “What would be the optimum population of the U.S. given our finite natural resources and overwheming national debt?
    (2) Will a U.S. with a population of 600 million have a higher or lower standard of living and quality of life than a U.S. with a population of 300 million?
    (3) Isn’t the “limit” of finite natural resources per capita as population increases without bounds zero?”
    (4) What should be the legal limit on immigration and illegal aliens when the total unemployment rate by sector exceeds a specified level? Shouldn’t unions and profesionall organizations be consulted on these criteria?
    (5) Shouldn’t any DREAM act provisions include a mandatory eligibility criterion of 4 years of honorable service in the armed forces? Should there be an audit provision to determine the extent of DREAM fraud?
    (6) Why offer illegal aliens a pathwayi to citizenship instead of simply permanent residentcy?
    (7) If amnesty and a pathway to citizenship represent one goal line and deportationn of all illegals the other, why doesn’t the illusive compromise lay somewhere around the 50 yard liine?

  • Ultima

    I wouldn’t endorse anything Rubio says until you read the fine print regarding what is mandatory and what is voluntary. One should also compare the neww language with that in the older reform bills to see if the promisess are any more likely to to be kept.

    The new bill like all of its predecessors overlooks the obvious best way to control the borders — immediate apprehension and deportation of all illegal aliens. As long as illegals know that if they escape the immediate environs of the borders and the ports they are home free with little probability that they will be caught and deported. Moreover they know that if they wait long enough there will be another amnesty bill legalizing their status. It’s a win-win stituation for illegals as long as tjhese two condtions prevail.

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