An immigration enforcement activist doesn't believe it's
possible to secure the U.S.-Mexico border if Congress approves the
controversial Senate bill aimed at giving amnesty to millions of
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, says
enforcement of existing laws would stop the flow of illegal
immigrants into the United States.
"If you have enforcement and you're actually
enforcing the existing immigration laws and you're stopping illegal
aliens from taking jobs, crossing the border, stealing welfare
benefits, voting in elections, running over and killing American
citizens [while] drunk driving - if you're stopping all these
things, then you provide a disincentive to illegally immigrate to
the United States," says Gheen.
As debate over the Senate comprehensive immigration bill gets
under way, a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports shows that while
many Americans favor the idea of a "path to citizenship" for
illegals, by a 4-to-1 margin they want a system in place that
assures the border will be secure enough to prevent future illegal
Gheen contends that one cannot really have enforcement with
amnesty even if the enforcement comes first.
"It's certainly not enforcement after amnesty. And it's not
going to be enforcement before amnesty," he says. "Either way, if
you put the word 'amnesty' in there with the word 'enforcement'
[and] you'll get no enforcement."
In its current form, S. 744 guarantees immediate amnesty for
illegal aliens, but only promises to secure the border later.