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The Senate immigration reform bill keeps getting better and better. If by "better" you mean "rewards felons."
Earlier this week we learned that illegal aliens with DUI convictions would still be eligible for the path to citizenship.
As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted.
Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nation's largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crime — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) — refuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it "doesn't get involved in immigration matters."
Under the current legislation, crafted by the bipartisan Gang of Eight in the senate, illegal aliens convicted of the crimes mentioned above are eligible for probationary legal status, officially known as Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI). This means they can qualify for a Social Security number and state driver's license as they embark on a 10-year path to permanent residency. Three years later, candidates become eligible for American citizenship.
So MADD is essentially saying it's OK that habitual drunk drivers like Manuel Gutierrez Vazquez can be rewarded with driver's licenses. Even though he killed a 28 year old father and seriously injured his two young children while driving drunk on a New Jersey highway. Plus, Vazquez did not have a valid driver's license and had been arrested a few weeks earlier for driving drunk in another state, according to a local news report.
Yeah, that's exactly the kind of upstanding immigrant we want to invite into our country!
But OK, suppose by some minor miracle, Manuel Gutierrez Vazquez is denied RPI status. He's still golden, because Big Sis can waive his deportation.
William Jacboson has been doing some homework on the Senate's immigration bill. This is interesting, to say the least, "Loophole in Gang of 8 bill gives Napolitano wide discretion to allow almost anyone to stay in U.S."
Donald Douglas annotated the relevent section:
And there you have it, a loophole big enough to drive a freight train through. Amnesty for everybody. Janet Incompetano can waive deportation for anyone, at any time, with no accountability.
I imagine her criteria will go something like this. "Do you plan to vote
Democrat?" Yes? "Welcome to America!"
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