Attempting to allay concerns of critics that enforcement provisions will ultimately fall by the wayside, the president said, "We're going to show the American people that the promises in this bill will be kept.” Legislators in the “world’s greatest deliberative body” will consider 19 amendments to the bill, including several which will provide $4.4 billion for enhanced border security.
As with prior attempts at immigration overhaul, employer sanctions will inevitably go absolutely nowhere. Moreover, given the track record of Congress and the Administration it is inconceivable that the border will be genuinely secured. I mean really, we’re much too busy securing the borders between Iraq and Syria, Iraq and Iran, North and South Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan, etc.
During the first six years of the Bush presidency, the illegal population grew by 79%, legal immigration has increased about 20%, and nearly 2 million babies were born to immigrants.
Domestic enforcement of employer sanctions has likewise been abandoned by our government. As recently as 1997, there were 17,554 workplace arrests of illegals. In 2005, there were a mere 251. Out of an estimated 7.2 million employed illegals, 0.003 percent can expect to be arrested.
As one great statesman and orator once remarked, "Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."