It looks like congress is finally going to start paying serious lip service to the problem of illegal immigration:
We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don't have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows. Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.
This is meaningless drivel. Border security hasn’t improved. Illegal immigration is partially responsible for the current high unemployment rate. The amnesty proposals won’t fix the problem. It’s too late for tracking and deporting illegal lazy Mexicans to make a difference. Everything about this legislation is either pointless, counterproductive, or just stupid. The problem won’t be fixed, or even reversed. The only point of this legislation is to give politicians the appearance of being serious about one America’s largest problems. Of course, politicians are still contemptuous of the citizens they nominally represent, and their contempt is clearly displayed in this vapid, meaningless legislation.