Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Kaus Eviscerates

Bush's speech. As usual his analysis is spot-on. Bush proposed creating a national ID for every foreign worker. Sounds good, right? Not as effective as a national ID for everybody, but still good. WRONG.

How would creating an i.d. card for foreign workers prevent illegals, using forged documents, from posing as U.S. citizens? Why should employers require someone who seems to be a citizen to show a "foreign worker" card? (Presumably the idea isn't that employers will doubt the U.S. citizenship of any job applicant who looks "foreign.")

Among other criticisms Kaus, again, points out the dishonesty of the "back of the line" meme (see Lawrence Lindsey's excellent piece), and points to a promsing alternative circulating by email, the "exit amnesty":

You have 60 days to arrange your affairs and leave. If you leave during this exit amnesty period and have committed no other crimes against the American people, you will suffer no penalty or recriminations. You will not be harassed or persecuted in any manner while you depart from our nation. ...

If you leave voluntarily, you will be free to enter the U.S. in the future without prejudice or discrimination. You will be allowed to apply for lawful immigration to the U.S. in the future. However, you will be given no special privileges and will have to wait in line like every one else. And you will have to wait in your country not ours.

If you do not take advantage of our generous offer, and if you are caught after our amnesty ends, you will be banned from the U.S. for life. You will never be readmitted to the U.S. for any reason whatsoever. If you attempt to return to the U.S. after you are banned, you will be criminally prosecuted.

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