The bill's sponsors---Ted Kennedy and John McCain--say the devil is in the details. I say the devil is in the lack of enforcement. What incentive do illegal immigrants have to come forward and go through the process----when they KNOW we have a long and pathetic history of NEVER enforcing our immigration laws? Why should they think this new law will be any different? If they know we aren't likely to enforce it, why would they step forward, pay fines, schlep home, then schelp back again? All they have to do is stay put until this latest legislative storm passes.
There is some indication that the House will reject this piece of nonsense. I hope it does. But it's already come this far, with the blessing of the President and many members of the "world's greatest deliberative body." They don't seem to care about the signal it sends to law-abiding citizens, and those in the pipeline who want to become citizens the legal way. The United States is supposed to be the great example to the world of the constitutional rule of law, "the shining city on the hill." Well, this land of opportunity has been exploited by those who have poured in here illegally---and will continue to do so because we keep rewarding them. This is not the behavior of a great power.
The nation that cannot control who enters controls nothing.