We're going to listen to this nut job on immigration?
As Jed Lewison reported
earlier, a bipartisan group of eight senators has proposed an immigration reform plan they intend to formally introduce Monday afternoon ahead of the president's announcement on Tuesday of his own immigration reform plan.
There's a lot to sort through in the proposed plan, but this part is particularly troublesome:
Our legislation will provide a tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays. [...]
Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill's security measures outlined in the legislation are completed.
In other words, there will be no path to citizenship unless and until this commission concludes that the border has been secured. This is a commission that would apparently include Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the heinous SB 1070 "Papers, please" bill into law, and who also has a habit of just making stuff up
Brewer apparently first referred to beheadings during a June 16 interview with Fox News, talking about "the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can't feel safe in their community" in discussing controversy surrounding the immigration law. [...]
"Oh, our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded," Brewer said.
Of course, none of that was true, and while Brewer insisted for a while that it was, she ultimately had to admit that, well, it wasn't. But it's an awfully effective way of making immigrants sound scary, isn't it? Just make up stories about how they run around beheading people, and gosh, it sounds like a bad idea to let them into the country.
And this is the woman to whom the nation will turn for assurance that the border is secure and we can now offer a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants? She's going to let us know when the scary brown people have stopped not beheading Americans?
Yeah. Call me crazy, but I detect a slight flaw in this plan.