If it waddles, smells like, quacks like, it's a duck. The President and Congress may call the process "legalization" or whatever name they choose, but the concept of amnesty keeps poking out from under the covers.
Yesterday English, rather than been the official language, became the "unifying" language. Here's today's latest outrage:
Illegals granted Social Security
The Senate voted yesterday to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment -- even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents.
"There was a felony they were committing, and now they can't be prosecuted. That sounds like amnesty to me," said Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who offered the amendment yesterday to strip out those provisions of the immigration reform bill. "It just boggles the mind how people could be against this amendment."
The Ensign amendment was defeated on a 50-49 vote.
"We all know that millions of undocumented immigrants pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for years and sometimes decades while they work to contribute to our economy," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican.
"The Ensign amendment would undermine the work of these people by preventing lawfully present immigrant workers from claiming Social Security benefits that they earned before they were authorized to work in our community," he said. "If this amendment were enacted, the nest egg that these immigrants have worked hard for would be taken from them and their families."
Mr. Ensign was among 44 Republicans and five Democrats who voted to block such payouts.
"It makes no sense to reward millions of illegal immigrants for criminal behavior while our Social Security system is already in crisis," said Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican. "Why in the world would we endorse this criminal activity with federal benefits? The Senate missed a big opportunity to improve this bill, and I doubt American seniors will be pleased with the result."
To add to this outrage, we all know that once given legal status, these same aliens will apply to bring family members who will then qualify for Social Security benefits.
American Sitting Ducks
Bush's run at the border and the hemming and hawing in Congress is all for show. A pre-determined outcome has been arranged by special-interest groups through their lobbyists.
What will we get in this transformation? More poverty.