Stealth Amnesty For Illegals Already Underway

The good news is that there
probably won`t be any

for illegal aliens in the near future—at
least not one under that name and covering all illegals.

That`s more or less the implication
of what Secretary of State Colin Powell

told the press
last week after talks with his

Mexican counterpart
on the immigration issue. Mexico

wants an amnesty
for the millions of Mexicans who
have invaded this country, but the Administration has
enough problems these days without pushing for one.

"I don`t expect that in the very
near future we will see some omnibus solution to every
element of the immigration problem,"
Mr. Powell

This brings us to the bad news.

The bad news is that it doesn`t
really matter what Mr. Powell says or what the
administration does about amnesty for illegals.

It doesn`t matter because amnesty
is already taking place—not by government fiat or
congressional legislation but by osmosis, if you will.
This week a detailed report in the Washington Times
explained how. [Special
Report: Changes in the cards,
by Mary Shaffrey,
The Washington Times
, September 7, 2003]

Gradually in several different
states immigrants in this country illegally are
obtaining documents from state governments or recognized
by them that essentially legalize their presence inside
the United States.

Once in possession of these
documents, the aliens can take part in business and
government transactions they are not supposed to be able
to conduct.

The documents, in other words,
constitute de facto amnesty, or as various commentators

it, stealth amnesty.

Let us count the ways in which they
do this.

  • Amnesty Document No. 1 is the

    "matricula consular"
    card issued by Mexican
    government to its citizens abroad.

    The cards are supposed to entitle
    the Mexicans holding them to

    gain the help

    Mexican consuls,
    but these days they have other

    Citing testimony from the

    Center for Immigration Studies
    , the Times
    article reports that "The matricula card is accepted
    as a

    valid form of identification
    by police departments,
    banks and 12 states for driver`s license applications."
    Once you have one in these states, for all practical
    purposes, you have amnesty.

    You also are in a position to
    transfer money back home to Mexico, which Mexican
    illegals here did to the tune of some $10 billion just
    last year, "bolstering the Mexican economy at the
    expense of the U.S. economy,"
    as the Times
    noted. You also may be in a position to commit crimes
    and terrorism against Americans more efficiently.

    officials recently told a Senate committee the matricula
    cards pose a criminal and terrorist threat, and are easy
    to obtain through fraud and a lack of adequate security
    measures by the Mexican government. Most U.S. agencies
    that accept the matricula do not perform criminal
    background checks on their subjects."

  • Amnesty Document No. 2 is the
    Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) card
    issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Its purpose is to allow foreign
    citizens who do business here to pay income taxes, but
    there are some 6 million ITINs in circulation, and as

    Tom Tancredo
    "The IRS, unfortunately, hands these cards out
    like candy. There are not 6 million foreign businesses
    here, so what`s the purpose of these numbers?"

    Marti Dinerstein of the CIS told a
    congressional subcommittee in June, "It is assumed
    that individuals who receive an ITIN and do not file
    taxes are using it as official U.S. government
    identification to obtain bank accounts, government
    services and, ominously, driver`s licenses."

    [Read her

    or the
    whole report here in

    Warning: 3.8
    ] The IRS, after giving away millions of these cards, is now in
    the process of revising its methods of distribution.

  • Amnesty Document No. 3 is the
    driver`s license, which the ITIN helps you get in some
    states (six to be exact), but which you can also get
    with a Social Security card in two states and without
    one in some others.

    The license of course enables you
    to get

    lots of other things
    that without identification you
    can`t get.

  • Amnesty Document No. 4 is

    in-state tuition
    , not exactly a document but still a
    legal privilege that eight states already grant to
    illegal aliens but deny to real Americans from other

    Nine more states are considering
    granting the same privilege to illegals. Not only does
    this allow illegals to gain public education at
    Americans` expense but also helps

    their presence within the country, which
    is what amnesty is all about.

This list doesn`t even begin to
count the other ways in which illegals are being

and granted de facto amnesty, let alone
the simple art of

making or acquiring fraudulent documents.

The point is, neither Mexico nor
the Administration has to do to anything to grant
amnesty to illegals.

It`s already being granted, with
neither the consent nor the knowledge nor the desire of
the vast majority of Americans.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
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