So there’s a reason Republican senators like Rand Paul are freaking. They should be. Illegal immigrant crossings are up 9 percent.
Meanwhile, the plan in Washington is: Amnesty first, border security last (or, um, never). Or the 1980s plan that did jack to deal with the immigration problem.
Paul makes the point. “First, everyone has to acknowledge that we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” Mr. Paul asserted. “If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you. In order to bring conservatives to this cause however, those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure. But we also must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion.”
Seems fair. We won’t deport you, but keep your friends on the other side of the fence until they go through the legal process that lawful immigrants must go through.
Without the latter, there’s no “immigration plan.” It’s blanket amnesty, which relays a rather poignant message to the border jumpers: keep jumping.
Still, Janet Napolitano says the border is as secure as ever. Except the deets don’t tell the same story.