As I understand what he told Hannity, Ryan proposes that we grant illegal immigrants a “five-year probationary status” essentially immediately, before anything new and concrete is done to secure the border. If after five years, Congress isn’t satisfied that the border has been secured, the probationary status supposedly will be revoked. Otherwise, the formerly illegal immigrants can proceed towards full citizenship.And I – screw even thinking about being nice – am tired of getting played by self-serving, know-it-all politicians who all but flaunt their contempt for the conservative base. Mirengoff is spot on: nobody, least of all a bunch of RINOs, is going to have the intestinal fortitude to revoke anything even remotely resembling provisional or probationary status, particularly given the provision Ryan mentions, in which there is a complete disconnect between the individual immigrant’s conduct/behavior and the border-security trigger for ending said probationary status. I mean, the mainstream media news reports practically write themselves…
Hannity had a tough time keeping a straight face. It’s almost unimaginable that the status of former illegal immigrants would ever be revoked. Do you see Republican politicians mustering the courage to pull that trigger? I didn’t think so [emphasis mine – Paco]. At most they might add more years to the probationary period, but I don’t see that happening either.
Ryan — I wish I could say this nicely — is conning us.
Reporter: “So, Mrs. Rivera, how will the revocation of your probationary immigrant status – based on the failure of the U.S. government to secure the border, over which you, naturally, have no control - affect your children’s future, now that they’re so close to graduating from high school with 4.0 GPAs, and have already received academic scholarships to top tier universities?”
Mrs. Rivera: “Waaaaaaaah!”
The fact that Ryan would tender this outcome as a real possibility - one that he purports to believe is genuine - is insulting.
Update: More unexpected goodness from the Gang of 8 bill – “Immigration Bill Allows Criminal Illegals 'Safe Harbor'”.
Update II: I was already not trusting Jeb Bush, but here’s another reason, just in case:
”Jeb Bush will present Hillary Clinton with the 2013 Liberty Medal this fall in Philadelphia, after which he will roll over on his back and waggle his paws in the air in a symbolic act of submissiveness”Ok, I might have made up that last bit. But you can see it, you know you can.