Wednesday, May 23, 2007

One Teensy-Weensy Little Question .. 

about the immigration bill. (Full disclosure: I haven't read the bill and generally don't know anything about it except what's been reported in newspapers and on TV.)

As I understand it, one of the provisions of the bill is that illegal immigrants will have to pay a $5,000 fine in order to obtain the "Z visa". My question is, what happens to an illegal immigrant who can't or won't pay the fine? If he's not immediately deported, won't that encourage all the 11,999,999 illegals not to pay their fines?

Again, without having read it or even much about it, I'm feeling that the immigration bill is something that's been cobbled together so the pols can say "we addressed the issue," when in reality all they're doing is kicking the can down the road. When we see it again, it'll be a much bigger can--say a 50-gallon drum.

On a gut level, I tend to side with those who want to get the border under control first, then deal with the legal status of those who are already here.

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