CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES — I have been watching a short video clip of two young men climbing the U.S.-Mexico border fence, taken from the Mexican side of the border. They are almost certainly drug mules running narcotics north into the United States and from the way men casually approach their business, it’s likely they’ve done this any number of times.
With that in mind, consider the sad business of criminal justice reform, which is being entertained by two concurrent bills in the House (H.R. 3713) and Senate (S. 2123). I have already written about the Senate bill, expressing hope that it would die aborning and that the House wouldn’t take up this unnecessary gauntlet, but as with many things where immigration or law enforcement are concerned in recent years, my hope has proven to be forlorn.
The leadership and several members in both chambers would have us believe that the bills are solely for non-violent offenders, often those in simple possession of drugs who are hardened by incarceration. That, too, is the mental vision put forward by the administration, since this “reform” constitutes one of the president’s outgoing legacy rhymes-with-bucket wishes. The president is quoted as saying, “We’ve got to make sure that Americans who have paid their debt to society receive a second chance”.
I am perpetually at a loss to understand how or why our Republican-led Congress can so consistently be out of step with the American public, or so apparently in tune with the vagaries of this White House.
The truth is, the bills are so poorly and indiscriminately drafted that they don’t meaningfully distinguish between an inner-city kid busted for a couple of joints and foreign cross-border professional mules, like those in the video, who when caught often plea down to simple possession in the circus-like atmosphere of crowded and overburdened border-area courts.
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