Friday, June 01, 2007

Immigration Bill 1348

This is fascinating! I found a section of the bill dealing with Human Smuggling - that's an activity we can all oppose, right?

Wrong.
SEC. 115. COMBATING HUMAN SMUGGLING.

(a) Requirement for Plan.--The Secretary shall develop and implement a plan to improve coordination between the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection of the Department and any other Federal, State, local, or tribal authorities, as determined appropriate by the Secretary, to improve coordination efforts to combat human smuggling.
(b) Content.--In developing the plan required by subsection (a),
the Secretary shall consider--
(1) the interoperability of databases utilized to prevent human smuggling;
(2) adequate and effective personnel training;
(3) methods and programs to effectively target networks that engage in such smuggling;
(4) effective utilization of--
(A) visas for victims of trafficking and other crimes; and
(B) investigatory techniques, equipment, and procedures that prevent, detect, and prosecute international money laundering and other operations that are utilized in smuggling;
(5) joint measures, with the Secretary of State, to enhance intelligence sharing and cooperation with foreign governments whose citizens are preyed on by human smugglers; and
(6) other measures that the Secretary considers appropriate to combating human smuggling.
(c) Report.--Not later than 1 year after implementing the plan described in subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on such plan, including any recommendations for legislative action to improve efforts to combating human smuggling.
(d) Savings Provision.--Nothing in this section may be construed to
provide additional authority to any State or local entity to enforce
Federal immigration laws.

[My bolding]
In other words, the Feds aren't going to enforce the current laws, and they aren't going to back up any local gendarmes with the ho-has to enforce the laws.

So, why are they even considering this bill if it's such a watered-down piece of sh**?

Is it possible that the Congress and Executive branch think we're that dumb?

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