Mark Kirkorian is too smart to believe something like this:
Don’t Look Now, but the Amnesty-First Crowd Has Blinked
Prof. Robert George’s group, American Principles in Action, has released an “immigration reform” plan calling for enforcement followed by amnesty and increased guestworker admissions. The plan (really more of a brief outline) shows the power of the demand for Enforcement First and the importance of rejecting compromise on core principles.
Perhaps the most important sentence in the outline is this (the emphasis is mine): “After we have secured the border and toughened up interior enforcement, we should then provide undocumented immigrants a path to legal status, short of citizenship.”
This is a fundamental concession by at least part of the pro-amnesty Right. During the immigration debate in the last Congress, immigration hawks were vilified for rejecting the Schumer-Rubio bill’s amnesty-first approach and insisting instead that enforcement be fully implemented before anything else happened.
Alfonso Aguilar, who runs Prof. George’s “Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles” project and who released this plan, was an aggressive proponent of the Schumer-Rubio bill and was one of those vilifying conservatives who insisted on Enforcement First. Now, it seems, he’s joined our ranks.
In other words, they blinked.
As you can read in the rest of the column, this is boob bait, not blinking, and Kirkorian knows it.
Enforcement then path to citizenship is pretty much the same as path to citizenship then enforcement, for two main reasons:
1. A Clintonesque definition of and benchmarks of “enforcement.” There will be some superficial enforcement, which will be said to be enough enforcement to fulfill the enforcement-first axiom so that we can move on to path to citizenship. At that time, the fake enforcement will stop.
2. Path to citizenship isn’t a big deal to illegals. They want the quasi legal status and the work permit. And those they would get immediately or at least in short order under both schemes.