Lies, Damn Lies and Amnesty Lies
Commentary by Randy Phillips
column by Thomas Sowell, of the Hoover Institute at Stanford
University, appeared in the May 24th Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the AJC, it was entitled "Untruths invalidate the immigration
bill", regarding the immigration "reform" bill which President Bush
and others are trying to ram through Congress. On the Townhall.com
website, the column was entitled "Amnesty Fraud, Part II." [ See
links to Parts 1, 2 & 3 below. ]
Mr. Sowell writes "Every aspect of the current immigration
bill, and the arguments made for it, has fraud written all over it."
As if to prove his statement, the next day�s paper had a
guest editorial by Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby
Chambliss on the immigration bill Isakson helped write and which
Chambliss eagerly signed on to.
Isakson-Chambliss piece is titled "Proposal respects our
values", and almost immediately launches into a fraudulent
statement. They rightly point out Georgians want to secure our
borders without granting amnesty or new path to citizenship to the
millions who have broke in the country. Then the lie: "That is
exactly what we are trying to do."
What? According to all we read about the immigration bill our
Senators are trying to sell, it promises secure borders, it doesn�t
guarantee or fund them. But the bill does grant the 12 to 20 million
people illegally in the country the right to stay here forever as
That�s amnesty!! If they want to become citizens they will
have to go back home, get in line and pay $5000. There�s little
reason to do that, since they will (if this amnesty bill becomes
law) already have "legal" residence. Backers of the Immigration bill
try to hide the truth with talk about fines and having to learn
English, which will never be enforced. Isakson and Chambliss are
talking amnesty for the 12 to 20 million immediately, and that is
not the only fraud they are trying to sell.
"We are seeking to ensure that any reform ends the practice of
'chain migration,'" they claim, but the millions of new "legals" the
bill creates will also be able to bring their parents, spouses,
kids, brothers, and sisters over to join them. A new study claims
one half of all families in Mexico have at least one member in the
U.S. already. If the immigration bill becomes law, we are not
talking about 12 to 20 million people but almost automatically
allowing three or four times that many into the country.
Senator Chambliss, how can you claim that rewarding millions
of people who have broken into the country by granting them amnesty
"promotes the "values" of Americans? Senator Isakson, how can you
claim rewarding employers who have broken the law by hiring people
in the county illegally "promotes" American values? How can you
claim amnesty is not amnesty? How can you expect the people of
Georgia to continue to place their trust in you or anything you say?
We sure can�t trust the agencies of Government which have
failed us since 1986. Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff is a
great example. He�s gone out on the campaign trail to sell the
immigration fraud. His immigration office has staged a number of
publicized raids on illegal workers and their employers recently,
but apparently it�s not a sincere attempt to carry out the law.
On May 24, he gave his real reason for staging the raids, when
he 'warned' there will be more if the workers don�t get a chance to
become legal. "We�re going to enforce the law," he said. "People all
around the country will be seeing teary-eyed children whose parents
are going to be deported." Chertoff, by that admission, is
"enforcing" the law in order to help create pressure for amnesty for
illegals, not get them out of the country.
I have been in politics for a lifetime. I have known Johnny
Isakson for years, and hold him in high regard. But our leaders are
destroying our nation. This immigration bill is a great example of
what is wrong with our government and the people we have elected to
While the President and Congress and functionaries like
Chertoff are sending people to fight and die in Iraq, they bury
their heads in Washington sand, perhaps encouraged by
special corporate interests and allow an invasion of illegal
immigrants to cross our borders and take our country without any
resistance. Then they insult us with Lies, Damn Lies and Amnesty
Lies to defend a so-called "reform" bill they say respects our
Randy Phillips is a former State Representative and member
of GHC's Steering Committee.
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