(Article changed on April 23, 2013 at 08:22)
As a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent, I totally support sensible immigration reform.
With that said, I reject the "Gang of 8's" Border Security Economic Opportunity Immigration Modernization Act (BSEOIMA) of 2013 because it is not sensible. This bill will hurt US taxpayer's the most and the undocumented themselves second most.
This new 844 page Senate immigration bill is now being sent forward for approval by the House of Representatives and President Obama.
How are US taxpayers hurt?
The 1% profiteers and corporatists who run our country have not only created but are pretending to cater to the up and coming Latino voting bloc. Our leaders have created this group by purposely never fixing illegal immigration. They never fixed illegal immigration because they have always profited from undocumented labor while simultaneously profiting from the politics and their corporate border security industrial complex which they have previously said would stop illegal immigration.
It is actually brilliant what they have done to us. They have brainwashed us into believing that they can and will stop illegal immigration (Reagan's Amnesty and Clinton's NAFTA) while insidiously using undocumented labor and taxpayers' border enforcement funds to fatten their cronies' pockets.
This illusion reeks of our forty-year long dead-end drug war. It is not designed by the 1% profiteering politicians to be won or end. It is designed to be a perpetual mega money maker for their legal and illegal 1% industries.
Cut through the verbiage of this new bill and you will see that the 11 or 12 million undocumented already here will be allowed to stay and work. That means US citizens will officially have less jobs available to them. By the way this bill does not cover the back-breaking agricultural jobs many Americans won't do. That entire corporate industry lies in wait with another bill that our wonderful representatives will profit from and deal with separately.
Side note: Isn't it interesting how John McCain ear marked 50 million "implementation costs" for his beloved Tucson Sector (Arizona) into this bill? This is to continue the border crosser prosecution program and to fill his crony's Correction Corporation of America' jails. Read about how McCain's "Operation Streamline" has already raped US taxpayers for millions.
This bill also means that our overcrowded hospital emergency rooms and our school rooms will remain overcrowded. And as far as all of those undocumented people who now inhabit and over-crowd some of our small towns, sorry; they are here to stay.
Anyone who thinks that this bill will stop illegal immigration is wrong. You can't stop hungry people and human smugglers from finding ways to sneak into the US.
This will cost billions of our tax dollars and they promise it is really secure the border this time! They want us to forget the same previous lies of Reagan's Amnesty and Clinton's NAFTA (both of which promised to stop illegal immigration). This new bill will use more fences, agents, drones, and the Department of efense to make our border 90% secure. Billions in profit for the 1%'s corporations who make drones and surveillance equipment.