By Elois Zeanah
The stage is set
The White House is the backdrop for a storied summit with key members of Congress. The plot is for the President to pledge his support for border security if his amnesty plan passes, and to do what President Bush tried but couldn’t accomplish — convince Congress to pass a comprehensive amnesty plan. (Never mind that a “secure the border first” bill passed in 2006 and money has already been earmarked to fortify the border.)
The theatrical prop is provided by “Big Smile” Charles Schumer, who unveils a plan to “overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, including a requirement that all U.S. workers verify their identity through fingerprints or an eye scan.”
Senate Democrats trumpet the tune that “a national system to verify work documents is necessary because Congress has failed to crack down on unscrupulous employers and illegal immigrants with fake documents. (Never mind that taxpayers have already paid for an effective federal tool that is in place and would immediately stop outlaw employers and illegal workers, if the President and Congress would stop dragging their feet and renew it. It is E-Verify and it expires September 30, 2009.)
Playacting is convincing
The theme for this theatrical setting is a visual trick. Script what the public wants – border security and enforcement of the rule of law – to gain confidence, then tell voters you have the solution and sell the suckers the same solution twice.
Will the lure of the prestigious White House, a popular president, a minister of propaganda, and a promise to fix immigration flim flam Members of Congress again? Similar staging happened in 2006. Republicans and Democrats were actors in the pro-amnesty plot. Politicians played their character parts exceptionally well. Working through conflicts and tensions of the plot, and wringing their hands as they reached the story’s end that they had no choice but to make illegal immigrants legal, political actors poised to approve amnesty and take their bows. But before the final curtain could fall, voters unexpectedly took the stage for a dramatic climax. Roles reversed: Voters took the lead and a new ending to the story unfolded.
Spectators steal the show
Spectators stormed the stage, ripped the script, and wrote a new ending. One month before the 2006 election, Congress bowed to voters’ demands for “No amnesty! Border security first!” That was the last curtain call, we thought. But once again, voters were betrayed and politicians have written another Act in their plot.
The truth is hidden behind the curtain
Once again a seductive stage is set. Will a new, more likable president, and the same pro-amnesty pols get away with foolery the second time around, using the same plot outline but changing the script slightly? Or will the curtain be drawn to reveal the truth once again. The truth is we don’t need to tap more tax dollars to create new programs. The solution is E-Verify, which the president and Democrats have put on life-support and plan to pull the plug as soon as it is politically convenient. The new proposal to require fingerprints and eye scans is a diversion so they can.
The President and Congress should breathe new life into E-Verify
E-Verify is the federal Internet program that was designed to do exactly what the president and Senate Democrats say needs to happen: “Crack down on unscrupulous employers and illegal immigrants with fake documents.”
E-Verify scans Social Security Numbers of proposed workers in 20 seconds, costs dollars, and is 99.8% accurate. If employers were mandated to use E-Verify, there would be no jobs magnet, no outlaw employers, and no illegal workers. Illegal immigration would take care of itself through attrition. This would go far to solve the problem of illegal immigration and plug the drain on federal and tax dollars that illegal immigration consumes. Billions of dollars would be saved annually on enforcement, education, health care costs and welfare.
The federal government shouldn’t spend more tax dollars on a new scheme. The President and Congress should stop playing con games and mandate that employers use E-Verify.
Will voters once again draw the curtain to reveal reality and turn the plot into a revenge/justice story where something bad happens but everything works out in the end?