Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Get in line."

I just stumbled on this two-month-old clip of state representative Steve Montenegro, himself an immigrant, speaking in support of SB 1070.

And I'm wishing we had some IQ qualification for public office.

Says Montenegro: "I am saying if you here illegally, get in line, come in the right way."

There is no "line." None. Montenegro is either stupid or he's lying or possibly both--and Fox News reporters don't have the honesty or gumption to ask "what line"?. There is currently no way someone wishing to get a work visa or to immigrate can simply file paperwork and wait for bureaucrats to process it in turn and be guaranteed issue. Both immigrant and nonimmigrant work visas are subject to quotas and to often arbitrary denials.

It cannot be emphasized enough: Coming here to live and work, temporarily or permanently, is not a matter of merely signing up and waiting for government employees to finish the data entry and do a background check. There is no line.

If Montenegro can prove me wrong, I will publish a retraction here and donate $100 to the charity of his choice. Right now he's looking like either a liar or a moron.

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