William Kristol at The Weekly Standard writes:
The Wall Street Journal reports that some House Republican leaders:
are looking to give illegal immigrants legal status right away, with the chance for a green card–and citizenship–down the line….First, illegal immigrants would be offered a “probationary” status, allowing them to work while the government tightened border security and interior enforcement. Officials have explained that this would allow people to work legally while they wait for permanent legal status. (Officials have explained that this group could revert to illegal status if enforcement benchmarks are not met.)
Leave aside the question of the overall merits of this approach. Focus on the parenthetical: “Officials have explained that this group could revert to illegal status if enforcement benchmarks are not met.”
One hopes the Journal has this wrong. Such a provision would presumably be intended as a sop to immigration “reform” skeptics. But it’s ludicrous. After all, is it plausible, and would it even be fair, to force legalized working immigrants to “revert” to illegal status just because some bureaucrats haven’t met certain arbitrary benchmarks? The forced “reversion” would never happen, and it shouldn’t.
Read the rest of the story at The Weekly Standard.