Solving the Same Problem Over and Over Again

Published on June 27th, 2013

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience?" George Bernard Shaw


George Bernard Shaw did not have a crystal ball but his insight into people was impeccable.

As I heard on a radio station earlier today, "The Senate has advanced degrees in patting themselves on the back, they congratulate one another on their bi-partisan efforts to, as Schumer stated, '…end illegal immigration forever.'" Well, Senator Schumer may be correct except, he isn't.

Illegal immigration was supposed to have ended "forever" in 1986 when the Immigration and Reform Control Act granted amnesty to an initial two million but ultimately three million illegal aliens that made it inside of our borders. Imagine three million illegal aliens that managed to sneak in and remain, as they say, under the radar. Okay, the sarcasm is off. We were to never have illegal aliens again cross the border or remain in the U.S. illegally. When we passed the 1986 legislation, the problem would be solved because the laws would be enforced henceforth and forever more.

Well, it seems our 1986 enforcement plans did not happen as projected (imagine that!)  In comes 2006, where we just need to build a fence to really secure the border and solve the illegal immigration dilemma. Congress was so serious about securing the border that it passed and the President signed a three-page bill entitled the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Yes, Congress was serious about the problem and truly sought to seal the 700 mile leaky valve at the border. The bill was short and simple. But, the problem is the border is 1,954 miles.There is no mention of the remaining 1,254 miles, neither then nor now.

We are 27 years past IRCA, 7 years past the border fence legislation and, now, in 2013, are finally going to solve illegal immigration, again, forever. Does anyone else have the quote, “everything old is new again” running through their mind? How many more illegal aliens will the U.S. have before we learn from experience?


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