Only when dealing with immigration do both parties abandon all promises to cut frustrating bureaucratic red tape and instead race each other to insist on more of it. The plan to be unveiled soon by the bipartisan "gang of eight" senators includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that is an intentionally arduous bureaucratic labyrinth that will take 20 years to crawl through. President Obama's plan offered a mere eight years of torture.
The National Review's Katrina Trinko has the early details. The plan gives illegal immigrants two options:
A) Go to their home country and wait five years to apply for a green card; or,
B) Stay in the U.S. and apply for temporary legalization status.
Option B is bureaucratic torture porn. There are several steps.
Step I: Wait for the Mexican border to be really secure. Immigrants will have to wait for the government to begin implementing several security measures, such as:
- Tracking all immigrants at airports to make sure they don't overstay their visas.
- The Mexican border will be policed at all times by drones. (The Canadian border won't be tampered with.) The Department of Homeland Security will have six months to come up with a drone plan. After five years, the department must be droning at full capacity.
- Require all businesses to use e-Verify to check employees' immigration status.