Friday, May 18, 2007

Garbage In, Garbage Out: THE Achilles' Hell of Immigration "Reform"

The fence will be shorter--or maybe it won't be built at all.

But even assuming that a short fence IS built, and that the other surveillance systems work, (in concert with an additional bunch of Border Patrol personnel,) the flaw in the Immigration Reform package is so significant--so huge--that the fence is irrelevant.

As CounterTerrorismBlog points out:

Consider that when you attempt to make a purchase in a department store, you are required to provide your driver's license to ascertain your identity even if you are paying by credit card. When former Mayor Giuliani states that we must provide tamper-proof identity documents to millions of illegal and undocumented aliens the question that no one asks is, what name should be put on those cards? The issue is not to produce cards that can not be altered our counterfeited, an issue of some concern, but rather, what is the true identity of the alien seeking to participate in the program?

If our country was to implement a guest worker amnesty program and issue identity documents to these millions of illegal aliens whose true identities are unknown and unknowable, then these unknown people would be able to obtain driver's licenses, Social Security cards and other forms of identification in false names. We know that the 9/11 Commission determined that the terrorists who attacked our nation used false aliases to conceal themselves and their malevolent plans in the months leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. They were not alone in this. When you look at a criminal history of most criminals you are generally first struck by the many alternative identities that the criminals use in order to hide in plain sight. For a criminal or a terrorist, the ability to change identities is the equivalent of a chameleon that changes coloration in order to conceal himself.

Kenosha, anybody?

The bottom line is that a Guest Worker Amnesty Program would require that our government issue official identity documents to people whose true identities are unknown and unknowable

Conceding that there is no such thing as 100% perfect systems, it does appear as though the Compromise Party has decided that "No System At All" is just fine and dandy.

We disagree.

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