Monday, May 21, 2007

SEVERABILITY

No, it has nothing in common with the Texas Chainsaw Massacres. It refers to a provision of the immigration bill.
If any provision of this Act, any amendment made by this Act, or the application of such provision or amendment to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid for any reason, the remainder of this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the application of the provisions of such to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected by such holding.
It sounds as though the Courts may have to kill the bill, section by section, piece by piece.

Sounds like one of those cheesy horror movies, doesn't it?

Another one of those provisions that make me say "Huh?"
Northern Border.--In each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012, in addition to the border patrol agents assigned along the northern border of the United States during the previous fiscal year, the Secretary shall assign a number of border patrol agents equal to not less than 20 percent of the net increase in border patrol agents during each such fiscal year.
Yeah, because those darned Canucks have been rampaging over the border, raising heck and causing such a drain on the local government services.

It's time for a chorus of "Blame Canada".
Submission to Congress.--Not later than 6 months after the date
of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress
the plan required by this section.
I can't say I like the idea of oversight by Congress of the specifics of a strategic plan - there's a lot of blabbermouths in the Congress.

There's more
Consultation.--In developing the National Strategy for Border
Security, the Secretary shall consult with representatives of--
(1) State, local, and tribal authorities with responsibility for locations along the international land and maritime borders of the United States; and
(2) appropriate private sector entities, nongovernmental organizations, and affected communities that have expertise in areas related to border security.
Are we going to have to run our plans past the NGOs? Who, precisely, are the affected NGOs? Amnesty International? The ACLU? Sanctuary-loving churches?

Another section raises goosebumps on me:
technical and biometric standards based on best practices and consistent with international standards for the issuance, authentication, validation, and repudiation of travel documents, including--
(i) passports;
(ii) visas; and
(iii) permanent resident cards;
There's Ruth Bader Ginsburg's favorite injection into American Law - the International Community.

Let me be candid - I don't give a rat's backside what the international community does about their countries - totally open borders, strict control over entrance and exits, or somewhere in between.

This is America. We set the standard. Not any other country on Earth.

So take your matriculas and store them - where ever you please. We want visas and passports. Or stay home.

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