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Why you’ll never see the House ‘Gang of Seven’ immigration plan

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If you’ve been following the immigration debate in Congress from the beginning, then you already know that the bipartisan House immigration group will soon unveil their own immigration bill … manana. Just consider these headlines:

Feb. 4, 2013: Bipartisan House group hopes to unveil immigration reform plan by next week

March 4, 2013: Bipartisan House Group May Roll Out Immigration Reform Plan This Week

April 17, 2013: House Immigration Group Promises Its Own Bill “Soon”

May 16, 2013: U.S. House Group to Offer Immigration Plan Next Month

Now Politico reports that the bipartisan House immigration group doesn’t plan on unveiling their immigration till at least September, if ever. “Unveiling the bill now, shortly before the August recess, would leave the House group little time to educate the public and fellow members about its bill before lawmakers head home to their districts for the month-long break. It could also potentially open up the bill to attack without defenders.”

And, according to a sneak preview of the bill given to The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent, there would be plenty to attack.

First of all, there is the laughable gimmick of calling the initial legalization of illegal immigrants “probation” instead of the Senate bill’s “registered provisional immigrant” (RPI) status. You can call the immediate legalization of illegal immigrants anything you want, including “flying spaghetti monster” status, but it still won’t change what the bill really is: amnesty-now-for-enforcement-later.

Sargent also notes the bill includes a fancy new “trigger” centered around establishing a brand new E-Verify program. But then Sargent writes: “I was unable to determine who gets to say whether E-Verify is fully operational. But experts following this debate fully expect there to be no problems with getting it to that point in only several years.”

Oh well, if “experts” say there will be “no problems” getting a brand new system that requires every employer in the United States to check the citizenship status of every working American (all 144 million of them) in just five years, then it must be true.

Will these “experts” be the same people charged with saying whether or not the E-verify provision has been met so “probationary” illegal immigrants can become citizens?

We don’t know. And we never will. The idea is pure fantasy which would quickly be exposed if it was ever put to paper and released to the public.

That is why you will never see it, or the rest of the bipartisan House immigration bill. Like every amnesty-now-for-enforcement-later immigration plan, it may work great in theory, but it falls apart in reality.

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