Jewish World Review July 3, 2003 / 3 Tamuz, 5763

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‘The Real Deal’ on amnesty for illegal aliens


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | A few weeks before the terror attacks of September 11th, President Bush was moving toward an amnesty plan for 3 million Mexican illegal aliens. It was a bad idea then. It's a bad idea now. So why is Tom Ridge considering opening new talks on this old plan?

Good question.

IN AUGUST OF 2001, the White House was planning to grant amnesty to over 3 million illegal immigrants from Mexico. While the president refused to use the words "blanket amnesty," that's how most political observers viewed the program. Many cynically believed it was the White House's attempt to make nice with Mexican president Vicente Fox, while soaking up support from an ever-growing Hispanic voting block.

But whatever the reason, history has proven that such an amnesty plan is a bad, bad idea.

In 1986, the United States granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. That grand scheme cost taxpayers $78 billion and did nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration. The number of illegals doubled in the 1990s. And today, America has 8 million illegal aliens.

As we reported last week, many of these are of Middle Eastern origin, slipping into our country over the Mexican border.

Which brings me back to Tom Ridge. The director of Homeland Security told reporters that he and the administration would be reconsidering amnesty for 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants. This despite the fact that the White House's 2001 plan was scrapped after 9/11 underlined, in primary colors, how lax immigration laws can kill American citizens.

So why would Secretary Ridge bring the issue back up?

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Have we finally escaped the dangers facing us after 9/11? I don't think so.

Are we rewarding Vicente Fox for being such a great ally in the Iraq war? Oh wait, he worked against us.

Maybe it's because an election year is rapidly approaching. Who knows?

But I do know this: any amnesty program that rewards illegal aliens for breaking our laws is unfair to those immigrants who are playing by the rules, and is frightening to those of us who have yet to forget the lessons of September 11th, 2001.

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